Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Visual Artist
Kulleh Grasi is an Iban poet, singer-songwriter and visual artist from Sarawak, Malaysia.
He writes poetry in Malay, interwoven with several indigenous languages of Sarawak, including Iban, Kayan, Kelabit and Bidayuh.
His first full-length poetry collection, Tell Me, Kenyalang (Circumference Books, 2019), translated by Pauline Fan, was shortlisted for the 2020 National Translation Award in Poetry and longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award 2020. He has also been featured at several literary festivals including Singapore Writers Festival 2019 and George Town Literary Festival 2019 and 2020.
He is also among four poets featured in “Dreaming, Thinking, Playing: Poetic Conversations’, a partnership initiative between The Poetry Society (TPS), The British Council and the George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) 2023.
Kulleh is a strong voice championing indigenous cultures on the global stage, being featured at several international literary and music scenes with his band Nading Rhapsody, since 2012.