GOH POH SENG
Poetry / Spoken Word from Vancouver BC
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GOH POH SENG was born in Malaysia in 1936. He received his medical degree from University College, Dublin, Eire, and practiced medicine in Singapore for twenty-five years. In 1986, he emigrated to Canada. He now lives part of the year in Vancouver and part of the year in Newfoundland. Goh began writing poetry at 19 while frequenting the pubs of Dublin where he met writers Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan. Encouraged by the publication of his poetry in the university magazine, he wanted to become a writer and at one point dropped out of medical school. Starvation and a love of eating drove him back to medicine.
On his return to Asia in the early 60s, he was one of the pioneers of Singapore drama in English, writing and producing 3 plays. During the early years of Singapore’s Independence, Goh was appointed Chairman of the Singapore national Theater. During his tenure, he laid the groundwork for the formation of the Singapore National Symphony, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Dance Company and the Arts Council.
His first novel IF WE DREAM TOO LONG, recieved the national Book Development Council of Singapore Award for Fiction. His collection of poems EYEWITNESS was published in 1976. THE IMMOLATION, a novel set in Vietnam, was published in 1977, followed in 1978 by a second book of poetry, LINES FROM BATU FERRINGHI. His third book of poems BIRD WITH ONE WING, came out in 1982. Goh’s works have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. He has participated in Writer’s Conferences and poetry readings all over the world. His works have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Malay. Tagalog, German, Spanish and French.
His third novel DANCE OF MOTHS was published in 1985. In 1998, THE GIRL FROM ERMITA & SELECTED POEMS was published in Canada followed by a 2nd collection in 2001 titled AS THOUGH THE GODS LOVE US. His fourth novel, DANCE WITH WHITE CLOUDS was published in 2001. He is presently working on a book of short stories titled TALL TALES AND MISADVENTURES OF A WESTERNIZED ORIENTAL GENTLEMAN about his student days in Ireland in the 50s.