Jerrold Yam (b. 1991) is a Singaporean poet and lawyer. He completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in 2009, and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Law from University College London in 2015.
Jerrold is the author of three poetry collections, Intruder (Ethos Books, 2014), Scattered Vertebrae (Math Paper Press, 2013) and Chasing Curtained Suns (Math Paper Press, 2012). He is named by the National Arts Council as one of the “New Voices of Singapore 2014”, and his poems have been recognised for their “painful brilliance”, “anatomical fascination” and “brutal honesty”.
In 2016, Jerrold was longlisted in the UK’s National Poetry Competition. In 2015, he received a nomination for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. He was highly commended in the Poetry Book Society National Student Poetry Competition 2014, and runner-up at the same competition in 2013. He has won first prize and three honourable mentions at the National University of Singapore Creative Writing Competition 2011, first prize at the British Council History and the City Competition 2011, and in 2012 became the youngest Singaporean to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize at twenty years old.
His poems have been featured across twenty countries in more than a hundred publications, including Axon, Drunken Boat, Mascara Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Third Coast, Wasafiri, Washington Square Review, The Straits Times, Southeast Asia Globe and Time Out Magazine. His work has been selected for anthologies such as UNION (Ethos Books, 2015), Kulit: Asian Literature for the Language Classroom (Pearson, 2014), Manoa (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2014), Off the Rocks (NewTown Writers, 2014), Mildly Erotic Verse (Emma Press, 2013), Ayam Curtain (Math Paper Press, 2012) and Moving Words (The Literary Centre, 2011).
Jerrold has been a featured author at literary festivals such as the Interrobang Book Fair (2013), Ledbury Poetry Festival (2014), London Book Fair (2013), SEA Arts Festival (2014), Singapore National Poetry Festival (2015) and Singapore Writers Festival (2013–2015), educational institutions such as the National University of Singapore, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Anglican High School, and events such as Singapore Day 2014 and the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love 2014.
His poems, which are taught in Singaporean schools, have been translated into Mandarin and Spanish.