Writing from Hong Kong: Language and Place-making (co-hosted with Asian Cha)

From September 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A reading and discussion with

  • Felix Chow
  • Akin Jeje
  • Marco Yan
  • Kate Rogers

Moderated by Tammy Ho, founding editor of Asian Cha

How does poetry reflect or (re)define ‘place’ in a cosmopolitan Hong Kong where East meets West? Who and what is local? What makes the city unique? Join renowned poets from Hong Kong as they explore the idea of place in their poetry. 

Felix Chow is a year 3 student at the University of Hong Kong, majoring in English Studies and minoring in Hong Kong Studies. He is working as a student research assistant at CityU. He is the winner of the The HKBU Century Club Citywide English Poetry Competition 2020 and The Maisie Choa English Poetry Prize. His poems are published/forthcoming in The Lincoln Review, Voice and Verse Magazine and CHA: An Asian Literary Journal. He is interested in Hong Kong localism and its representations in Hong Kong English-language writing, as well as emerging local identities in the city. Forever a HongKonger.

Akin Jeje’s works have been published and featured in Canada, the United States, Singapore, Australia, the UK and Hong Kong. His first full-length poetry collection, Smoked Pearl, was published by Proverse Hong Kong in 2010. Jeje’s most recent publication, ‘Too Long’, is in Hong Kong’s Voice and Verse issue #54-55 (July to October 2020). He has another full-length poetry manuscript entitled write about here. Jeje is a previous MC of the Hong Kong English language poetry collective Peel Street Poetry, and one of its three directors. Jeje is also a regular contributor to Voice and Verse Magazine (Hong Kong) and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

Kate Rogers’ poem about her mother, Baba Yaga’s Child, appeared in the May 2021 issue of WordCityLit. Her creative non-fiction essay about taking care of her mother at her remote forest home appeared in the spring 2021 issue of The Windsor Review. Kate’s work has also appeared in Sad Girl Review; The Quarantine Review; World Literature Today and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, among other journals and anthologies. Her latest poetry collection is Out of Place (Aeolus House/Quattro Books, Toronto, 2019). https://katerogers.ca

Marco Yan was born and raised in Hong Kong. He earned his MFA degrees at HKU and NYU. His poems have appeared in Epiphany, Cordite Poetry Review, Wildness, Cha, among other places. You can find him at www.marcoyan.com.

Tammy Lai-Ming Ho is the Editor-in-Chief of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, a co-editor of the academic journal Hong Kong Studies, and the English Editor of Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine. She is an Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, a Junior Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, and an advisor to the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing. Tammy’s books include Hula Hooping (Chameleon), for which she won the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Her Name Upon The Strand (Delere Press), Too Too Too Too (Math Paper Press), An Extraterrestrial in Hong Kong (Musical Stone), and Neo-Victorian Cannibalism (Palgrave). She co-edited Twin Cities: An Anthology of Twin Cinema from Singapore and Hong Kong (Landmark Books) and Hong Kong 2020: Reflections on a Borrowed Place (Blacksmith Books). Tammy is also a translator and her translations can be found in World Literature Today, Chinese Literature Today, and the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong volumes (2015, 2017, 2019).

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