Chris Mooney Singh

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Trained as a journalist and born in Canberra, Australia in 1956, Chris Mooney-Singh is a poet, performer-musician and arts event organizer now living in Singapore. He has published two collections of poetry, The House of Winter and The Infinity Track and has received writing grants from the South Australian Department of the Arts to write poetry, short stories and opera librettos. He also edited the Penguin Book of Christmas Poems in 1992 (Australia) and has produced two CDs, one of which is entitled Indian City, a poetry/music fusion work recorded in India and released in Singapore in 1997. As a recipient of a Singapore National Arts Council and Singapore International Foundation grants in 2003, Mooney-Singh toured the USA in 2003 and performed at international festivals and poetry slam venues in Texas, Chicago, Ann Arbor and New York combining spoken word performance with music. He launched the Poetry Slam Cabaret in Singapore in May 2003, the first poetry slam venue in Asia and is also conducting performance poetry workshops in schools and universities. In March 2004, he was invited to launch poetry slam in Hong Kong as a part of the Hong Kong Literary Festival again with the support of the Singapore National Arts Council. Mooney-Singh is preparing a new spoken word CD entitled ‘Living in the Land of the Durian Eaters’ and is presently an Associate of the Centre for the Performing Arts, National University of Singapore.