Voices in Hong Kong (with Asian Review of Books)

From October 2 @ 1pm

A reading and discussion with

  • Eddie Tay
  • Jason Lee
  • Dave McKirdy
  • Collier Nogues

Moderator: Melanie Ho, contributor to Asian Review of Books

Join us for a lunch time panel on poetry and conversation, with some of the most-celebrated poets living and writing in Hong Kong. The panel will be moderated by Melanie Ho, journalist, literary critic and contributor to the Asian Review of Books.

Jason Eng Hun Lee (b. 1984) is a poet and scholar of mixed British and Malaysian-Chinese ancestry whose research and practice fields encompass global anglophone literatures, postcolonial and diasporic Asian writing, and global Shakespeares. His debut poetry collection Beds in the East (2019) was a finalist for the Melita Hume Prize and HKU Poetry Prize. He is a Literary Editor for Postcolonial Text and current chief curator for the poetry collective OutLoud HK. He lectures at Hong Kong Baptist University.

David McKirdy is a long term resident of HK, he is a classic car mechanic by profession and a poet by inclination. He is the author of two collections, Accidental Occidental and Ancestral Worship. He has represented HK at literary events from Colombia to Vietnam, Berlin to Egypt and beyond.

Collier Nogues’ poetry collections are the hybrid print/interactive The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground (Drunken Boat, 2015) and On the Other Side, Blue (Four Way, 2011). Her work has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Lingnan University, and her writing has appeared in Jacket2, The Volta, At Length, Jubilat, Pleiades, Massachusetts Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Project, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at CUHK and HKU, and edits poetry forJuked.

Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay teaches courses on creative writing and poetry at the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also involved in the department’s Masterclasses initiative, whereby he engages creative writers to conduct creative writing workshops for secondary school students. He is the author of four volumes of poetry. His first, remnants, consists of renditions of mythic and colonial history of Malaya as well as an homage to the Tang Dynasty poets Li Bai, Du Fu and Li He. His second volume, A Lover’s Soliloquy, extends his interests in Tang Dynasty poetry through renditions of the erotic poetry of Li Shang-yin. It also explores the language of eroticism in the modern city life. His third, The Mental Life of Cities, is a winner of the 2012 Singapore Literature Prize. In it, he experiments with bilingual (English-Chinese) poetry. His fourth collection is Dreaming Cities.

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