Contributors / February 2010 (Issue 10)

Guest Editor
ImageGillian Sze helped select the poetry and prose. See her Cha profile.

Martin Alexander
ImageMartin Alexander has been a featured writer at international literary festivals in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2005 he was a featured poet at the Cairo and Guangzhou Festivals. The Kassia Women's Choir performed his work "Survive the Night", with music composed by Phil Tudor, in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in June 2005. Alexander's collection of poetry, Clearing Ground, was published by Chameleon Press in March 2004. He won the RTHK/SCMP Short Story Competition in 1999 and has had poetry and short stories published in Dimsum, The OutLoud Anthology, Poetry Live! and Al Akhbar. Alexander is a prominant member of Poetry Outloud Hong Kong and the poetry editor of Asia Literary Review. [Read]
Selina Libi Bjorlie
ImageSelina Libi Bjorlie is currently an MFA graduate student in Creative Writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her work has appeared in Cricket, a children’s magazine. She is an optometrist and lives in Fargo, North Dakota. [Read]
Daniel Bowman Jr.
ImageDaniel Bowman Jr.'s work has appeared in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, The Bitter Oleander, Main Street Rag, The Midwest Quarterly, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Rio Grande Review, Seneca Review, and other journals. Currently he is completing an MFA at Seattle Pacific University. He lives in upstate New York, where he teaches writing at Houghton College. His poems appearing in this issue (issue #10) of Cha were inspired by The Village Beyond: Poems of Noboku Kimura, translated by Hiroaki Sato (P.S., A Press, 2002), and are dedicated to its author. Visit Bowman's website for more details. [Read]
Mariejoy San Buenaventura
ImageMariejoy San Buenaventura is from the Philippines. She has a Master's in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College in the United States, where she took a screenwriting workshop, completed an oral history project, and composed a book-length poem for her thesis. This exposure to different genres of creative writing has made her realize that she loves writing poetry most of all because it lets her distil the essence of a moment in a vial of words. She currently teaches college English and runs a short story writing workshop at Mahidol University in Thailand; she is set to launch a poetry course there in March 2010. [Read]
Ken Chau
ImageKen Chau is an Australian Born Chinese (ABC) poet living in Melbourne. His poems have been published in Australia, France, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA, and in the anthology Growing up Asian in Australia (Black Inc., 2008, ed. Alice Pung). He is currently seeking a publisher for his collection of poems, Strawberries for Mr. Promise. He enjoys a cup of tea with milk and no sugar as well as Chinese tea (Bo Lei and Oolong). [Read]
Rocco de Giacomo
ImageRocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has most recently been accepted in the literary journals Vallum and The Carolina Quarterly and has recently appeared The Antigonish Review and Tower Poetry. On October 18th, 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us was launched through Quattro Books (see more details here). Also, his fifth and latest collection of poems, Catching Dawn's Breath (LyricalMyrical Press, Toronto) was launched in March of 2008. He has also been a regular contributor of personal essays to Toro Magazine and is a member of the council for the Art Bar Poetry Series and a member of the bpNichol Coordinating Committee. [Read]
Steven Digman
ImageApart from being a semi-professional photograph, Steven Digman is also an inventor, songwriter, music publisher, poet, former music journalist and luthier. He has had songs successfully covered by many artists, including the late great Eva Cassidy (Blix Street Records), quadruple platinum artist Katie Melua (Dramatico Records) and Janine Davy (Funkstown Records). Digman’s compositions were also featured in the soundtrack for the movie The Man from Elysian Fields starring Mick Jagger and Andy Garcia. His songs have been included in songbooks by Warner Brothers Publications. Digman's poetry, essays, and music reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and newspapers such as: Ameila Magazine, Black Bear Review, Childs Guide Magazine, The Picket News, Musical Discoveries, Collected Sounds, Bogg Poetry Journal, The Irish Music Magazine, Snakeskin, Still, and The Music Dish Network. [View]
Katherine Foster
ImageKatherine Foster is from the UK and is based in Hong Kong and London. Since the 1990s she has travelled extensively in Asia, and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Foster holds a BA in Chinese and an MA in Modern Chinese Literature. She is currently writing a PhD thesis on late 20th Century Chinese fiction. [Read]
Alka Khushalani
ImageAlka Khushalani was born in Bombay, India and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She has had a career in media and advertising as a project manager and producer. Her previous work has appeared in EGO Magazine and The Kartika Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and children. [Read]
Angela Eun Ji Koh
ImageAngela Eun Ji Koh taught English in Seoul, Korea and became a translating assistant in Tokyo, Japan. After teaching high school comparative literature in Santa Ana, she became the editor-in-chief of SAUCI Times, an award-winning newsletter for the next two years. She has been previously published in qarrtsiluni, Blue Print Review, Lit Up Magazine, and Matchbox Magazine. She holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Emphasis in Poetry and is fluent in French, Korean, and Japanese. She continues to study poetry at the University of California, Irvine. She blogs here. [Read]
Lyn Lifshin
ImageRecent books from Lyn Lifshin include The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian (Texas Review Press), Aother Woman Who Looks Like Me (Black Sparrow at Godine), Cold Comfort, Before It's Light, Desire and 92 Rapple. She has over 120 books & edited 4 anthologies. Also out recently: Nutley Pond, Persephone, Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness, Lost in the Fog, Light At The End, Jesus Poems and Ballet Madonnas, Katrina, Lost Horses. The following books are forthcoming: Chiffon, All The Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living and Dead, and All True: Especially the Lies. Visit her website for more details. [Read]
Lucy Lu
ImageLucy Lu holds a BA in English from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and an MA in Management from St Mary’s University of Minnesota. Born and raised in China, she currently lives and works in the US. She is volunteer editor of a bilingual literature magazine. Her passion for poetry flickers through her years of experience living in a diverse culture that calls for a fresh look at things happening around us. [Read]
Richard Luftig
Richard Luftig is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland, Bulgaria and England. His third chapbook of poems was published in 2007. [Read]
Moira Moody
ImageOriginally from Philadelphia, Moira Moody is an MFA student at Rutgers University in Newark, where she writes fiction and teaches Composition. She previously studied at the University of Pennsylvania, earning her B.A. in English Literature in 2006. Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Battered Suitcase, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. [Read 1 2]
Kimarlee Nguyen
ImageKimarlee Nguyen was born and raised in Revere, Massachusetts to a family of Khmer Rouge survivors. Her family's traumatic history, as well as her own experience of growing up in a traditional Cambodian household, has shaped the heart of her writing. Recently graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English, she is currently a high school English teacher at Bushwick Leaders' High School in Brooklyn, New York. [Read]
Papa Osmubal
ImagePapa Osmubal writes from Macau. His works, visual and literary, appear in numerous places, online and hardcopy, most recently in Bulatlat and Poor Mojo's Almanac(k). He writes regularly for eK! (electroniKabalen / electroniKapampangan / electroniK...). He is currently working on a collection of modernist papercuts for his planned solo exhibition tentatively called "Nocturnal Voice." [Read] [View]
Michael O'Sullivan
ImageMichael O'Sullivan is from Ireland and he teaches literature in Hong Kong. He writes short stories, poems and essays and he has published a book on James Joyce and Marcel Proust and a book on Michel Henry. His essays appear in such journals as Mosaic and Parallax. [Read] [Cha profile]
Wena Poon
ImageWena Poon began writing fiction at an early age. A fourth generation Singaporean, she moved to America as a teenager and worked as a journalist and lawyer in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Austin and Hong Kong. Her first book, Lions In Winter, was listed for the 2008 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. Since then she has released The Proper Care of Foxes and The Biophilia Omnibus, a literary science fiction series. She is writing Alex y Robert, a contemporary novel about women matadors in Spain, to be released in the UK in 2010. [Read]
ImageRoberutsu is a multidisciplinary designer from the Canadian Prairies. His work has been produced for venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival and the National Screening Institute of Canada. Following an internship in Los Angeles with world-renowned artist David Lachapelle, Roberutsu continues to pursue personal artistic endeavours and collaborations with friends. He currently resides and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a graphic designer and video producer for one of Canada's largest advertising company. [View]
Greg Santos
ImageGreg Santos was born and raised in Montreal. He is the author of the e-book, Thinking Things Through (Pangur Ban Party, 2009) and the chapbook Oblivion Avenue (Trainwreck Press, 2008). His writing has appeared in The Best American Poetry Blog, McSweeney's, Six Sentences, The Feathertale Review, The Future Hygienic (PistolPress, 2009), and Dingers: Contemporary Baseball Writing (DC Books, 2007). He currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife. He is the poetry editor of pax americana. He blogs here. [Read]
Elizabeth Schultz
ImageElizabeth Schultz balances academic scholarship on Herman Melville and the environment with writing essays and poems about the people and places she loves. She has published a memoir, Shoreline: Seasons at the Lake; the essays in The Nature of Kansas Lands; two collections of poems, Conversations and Her Voice; and a collection of short stories, The Last White-Skin Deer: Hoopa Stories. She writes a regular column, Senses of Place, for the Kansas Land Trust newsletter. In 2007, she was a Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer at the Beijing Foreign Studies University and in 2008, co-organized an international conference in ecocriticism in Beijing. [Read]
Rohith Sundararaman
ImageRohith Sundararaman is a poet based out of Mumbai, India. His work has appeared or will appear in elimae, Eclectica, Ghoti Magazine, Tipton Poetry Journal, Two Review, Edifice WreckedGUD Magazine, and other places. Recently, his poem was selected as the best in a contest judged by Marvin Bell. In his spare time, Sundararaman likes to read a lot of Murakami, and go out on photowalks. [View]
Jean YeoJin Sung
ImageJean YeoJin Sung was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. She is an MFA Creative Writing student at Rutgers University – Newark. She received her BA from NYU's Gallatin School where she was awarded the Herbert J. Rubin Award for Poetry and her Master's in Public Administration from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. [Read]
Phoebe Tsang
ImagePoet and violinist Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, educated in England, and currently resides in Canada. She is the author of Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books, 2009), reviewed in Issue #9 of Cha. Both her artistic practices inform each other: in 2010 the Toronto Symphony Orchestra commissioned her poem "Passion Dance", to the music of Osvaldo Golijov, and she is the librettist for an operetta to be premiered in 2011 by the Canadian Sinfonietta, exploring the myths of huli-jing. Tsang's poetry can be found in the anthologies Garden Variety (Quattro Books) and Not a Muse (Haven Books). She holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of London (UK). Visit Tsang's website for more information. [Read]
Michael Tsang
ImageMichael Tsang is a Hong Kong native and received his B.A. in English from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is now pursuing an MPhil degree in gender studies, working on novels by Murakami Haruki. His poetry and short story have been published in CU Writing in English Volume IX (2009). Language and literature are part of his life. He likes to write stories and poems in his spare time, and is devoted to language learning. His ultimate goal is to learn Tibetan and Finnish. [Read]
Alice Tsay
ImageAlice Tsay is currently studying English literature at Oxford University. A native of California, she has taught English in Hong Kong and Taiwan and holds a degree in Music and English from Amherst College. She has also reviewed poetry and photography for Cha. [Read]
Chris Tse
ImageChris Tse is a writer, filmmaker and musician from Lower Hutt, New Zealand. In 2005 he completed a Master's degree in Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington and the International Institute of Modern Letters. His poetry has been previously published in the journals Sport, Turbine and Landfall. He was the winner of the 2009 New Zealand Chinese Association/Listener short story competition. "Deracinate", published in Issue #10 of Cha, was written shortly after his first trip to China. [Read]
Hilary Chan Tsz-Shan
ImageBorn and raised in Hong Kong, Hilary Chan Tsz-Shan is pursuing her postgraduate studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her interests include literature, language teaching, religious studies and animal welfare. [Read]
Anuradha Vijayakrishnan
ImageAnuradha Vijayakrishnan was born in Cochin, India. She completed her Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Calicut University, Kerala and her postgraduate studies in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. A trained Carnatic singer, she lives in India/UAE and pursues a full time corporate career while writing both fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Magma, Asia Literary Review, Mascara, Indian Literature and Nth Position. Her poem The epiphyte speaks from Magma 44 is due to feature in Magma's anthology that commemorates its fifteenth anniversary. In 2007, Vijayakrishnan's novel Seeing the Girl was long listed for the Man Asian Literary prize. [Read]
Marc Vincenz
ImageMarc Vincenz was born in Hong Kong but has lived in England, Switzerland, the US and worked for over 10 years in China. Currently based out of Iceland, he writes a column for The Reykjavik Grapevine, Iceland's only English language newspaper. He is a regular contributor to Boston's Open Letters Monthly and Australia's Trespass Magazine. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in various journals including Poetry Scotland, FRiGG, Prick of the Spindle, Sein und Werden, Rumble, Right Hand Pointing and Literary Bohemian. Among other projects, he is presently working on a collection of poems entitled A Pocketful of Crickets, based on twenty years of cultural revolution. [Read]
Ocean Vuong
ImageOcean Vuong emigrated to the U.S. in 1990 from Viet Nam at the age of one. He is currently an undergraduate student at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and appear in Kartika Review, Asian American Poetry, Word Riot, SOFTBLOWBarnwood Magazine, and North Central Review among others. He enjoys riding his bicycle around Brooklyn and practicing Zen Meditation. Visit his website for more details. [Read]
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