Contributors / November 2007 (Issue 1)

Arlene Ang
ImageArlene Ang was born in Manila, Philippines and currently lives in Spinea, Italy. She is the author of The Desecration of Doves (iUniverse, 2005). Her poetry has appeared in Posse Review, Magma, Poetry Ireland, Poet Lore and Rattle. She received the 2006 Frogmore Poetry Prize (UK) and serves as a poetry editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. Visit her website for more details. [Read]
Bob Bradshaw
ImageBob Bradshaw hails from Florida, where he had the great pleasure of taking classes under novelist Wyatt Wyatt and poet David Posner. He defected from Florida decades ago and now lives in California. Bradshaw has published in EclecticaApple Valley Review, Mississippi Review, Paumonok Review, Pedestal Magazine, Loch Raven Review, and many other publications. He is currently working on a poetry manuscript titled Van Gogh in Love. Bradshaw will serve as the guest editor for the May 2009 issue of Cha. Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . [Read]
David Clarke
ImageDavid Clarke is Professor in the School of Humanities, University of Hong Kong. He is both a photographer and an art historian. His recent books include Hong Kong Art: Culture and Decolonization (Duke University Press, 2002); Reclaimed Land: Hong Kong in Transition (Hong Kong University Press, 2002); and Hong Kong  x 24 x 365: A Year in the Life of a City (Hong Kong University Press, 2007). His photographs have been widely exhibited, both in Hong Kong and overseas. His most recent one-person show, titled Hong Kong Experience, took place at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth, England, in March 2007. [View]
Heng Siok Tian
ImageHeng Siok Tian has published three collections: Crossing the Chopsticks and Other Poems (1993) My City, My Canvas (1999) and Contouring (2004). She has been published in Harvest International (2006/2007), Idea to Ideal (2004), Love Gathers All: A Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poems (2002), No Other City: An Anthology of Urban Poetry (2000), More Than Half the Sky (1998), Journeys: Words, Home and Nation (1995), The Calling of the Kindred (1993), Singapore: Places, Poems, Paintings (1992), New Voices in Southeast Asia (1991) and Words for the 25th (1990). One of her short stories has been translated into Italian for a collection of Singapore short stories published by Isbn Edizioni (2005). Her short play, The Lift, staged in 1991, was selected to be read at the Third International Women Playwrights’ Conference in Adelaide in 1994. In 2000, she attended the Iowa International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA on a National Arts Council Fellowship. In 2007, she was one of four writers attending the Ars Interpres Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. [Read]
Kavita Jindal
ImageKavita Jindal is a poet and fiction writer whose work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies. Her poetry collection, Raincheck Renewed, was published by Chameleon Press in 2004 and received critical and popular acclaim. Kavita was born in India and since 1985 has divided her time between Hong Kong, England and India. Currently she is working on her first novel as well as a new collection of poetry. Some of her work can be read on her website. [Read]
Christopher Kelen
ImageChristopher (Kit) Kelen is an Associate Professor at the University of Macau in south China, where he has taught Literature and Creative Writing for the last seven years. The most recent of Kelen’s eight volumes of poetry Dredging the Delta has just been published by Cinnamon Press in the U.K. [Read]
Diana Louise Kwok
ImageDiana Louise Kwok was born in Scotland in 1967 and has lived in Hong Kong since 1992. She has worked as an editor for the Far Eastern Economic Review, The Economist Group and Orient Overseas Container Line. She now focuses on fiction and has edited three anthologies for the Hong Kong Writers’Circle: Haunting Tales of Hong Kong (2005), Sweat & the City (2006), and Hong Kong Whodunnits (2007). To read more of her work visit Kowloon Diaries. [Read 1 2]
Leon Lai
ImageAfter graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Leon Lai studied at Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design (UK) for his MA. In 2006, his MA project was selected by the British Council for the London Design Week, the Milan Furniture Fair and the Tokyo Design Week. The winner of The Royal Society of the Encouragement of Arts and the D&AD Student Award, Lai's designs have also been published in international magazines including World of Interior (UK) and Casa (Japan). He is currently a columnist of Milk X Magazine (HK) and his focus is experimental photography and product design. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it [View]
Elbert S.P. Lee
ImageElbert Siu Ping Lee is a freelance writer. His poems are anthologised in Hong Kong Poems, published by Stauffenburgs, and in Fifty/Fifty: A New Anthology of Hong Kong Writing, to be published by Haven Books. He contributes regularly to Muse Magazine. Nowadays, Lee lives with his two dogs on an outlying island. [Read]
Mary Lee
ImageMary Lee graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 2004. She then acquired a Master in Renaissance Studies in London. During the time there, she deciphered early modern manuscripts in the British Library and was proud to consider herself the only Hong Kong-Chinese in this century to have done that. Lee is also the author of 91a, a book on her 3 years in Lady Ho Tung Hall, HKU. She is currently working for a newfound literary prize and her xanga. Lee is a LOMO follower. [View]
Russell C. Leong
ImageRussell C. Leong is an award-winning poet and short fiction writer (Phoenix Eyes and Other Stories, University of Washington Press), and a chen taichiquan student and teacher. A book editor, he teaches at UCLA and was a visiting professor at The University of Hong Kong. His fields of interest are Asian and Asian American literature, migration, buddhism, and sexualities. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . [Read]
Arthur Leung
ImageA prize-winning poet, Arthur Leung was born and raised in Hong Kong. He is a regular performer of his poetry and has poems published in anthologies such as Hong Kong U Writing and Fifty-Fifty, as well as in numerous magazines and journals including Smartish Pace, Loch Raven Review, Existere, Paper Wasp, BravadoTaj Mahal Review‏, Poetry Kanto, Makata, Crannog Literary Magazine, Pulsar Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. Leung has served as an external editor of Yuan Yang and has been featured in the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival. He was a finalist for the 2007 Erskine J. Poetry Prize and a winner in the 2008 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. Leung will be the guest poetry editor for Cha for its February 2009 issue. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it [Read]
Leung Ping Kwan
ImageLeung Ping Kwan, born in 1949 in Hong Kong, studied French and English in the U.S., where he also obtained a doctorate in Comparative Literature. He now teaches at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Leung is one of Hong Kong’s leading men of letters, a literary, film and culture critic, a professor of Chinese Literature and a contemporary Chinese language poet of the first rank. He has published more than ten volumes of poems, including bilingual ones such as Travelling with a Bitter Melon. He is also an active translator and critic who has introduced Eastern European, French, American underground and Latin American Literature to the Chinese reading public. [Read]
Reid Mitchell
ImageReid Mitchell is a New Orleanian who refuged one crucial year in Hong Kong (2005-2006) and has previously taught in New Orleans, Princeton, Berkeley and Budapest. Mitchell has had poems accepted for publication in The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Macao, Mascara Poetry, Asia Literary Review and elsewhere. He has also published a novel A Man Under Authority (Turtle Point Press, 1997), a number of literary dialogues and academic works of history. Mitchell serves as the guest editor for the November 2008 issue of Cha and will be the guest prose editor for the February 2009 issue. Visit his writer's profile for more details. [Read]
Mani Rao
ImageMani Rao (b.1965 India) is the author of seven poetry books. She has been published in journals including Wasafiri, Meanjin, Washington Square, Fulcrum and WestCoastLine, and in numerous anthologies including the WW Norton Contemporary Voices of the Eastern World (2008). Rao has performed at literary festivals in Melbourne, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, Chicago and at the 2006 NY PEN World Voices. Translations of her poems have been published in Latin, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, French and German. She was Visiting Fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2005, and won the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence fellowship. In Hong Kong, she was co-founder of OutLoud and contributed a poetry segment to Radio 4 RTHK. Visit her website for more details. (Rao's photo by Tom Langden) [Read]
J. A. Tyler
J. A. Tyler has published recently in Skive, Ward 6, and Blue Print Review and has work upcoming in Right Hand Pointing, Feathertale, and Word Riot. He is also founding editor of Mud Luscious. Visit his website for more details. [Read]
Cyril Wong
ImageCyril Wong has won the National Art's Council's Young Artist Award for Literature (2005) and the Singapore Literature Prize (2006). He is the author of six poetry collections published in Singapore and the founding editor of Softblow. Visit his website for more details. [Read]
Daphne Wong
ImageDaphne Wong calls herself a photo-taker, not a professional photographer. The Hong Kong native is also a painter. Deliberately naive, her aesthetic is best summed up by the name of her webpage: Faulty Beauty. Cha is the first journal to publish her photography. [View]
Nicholas Wong
ImageNicholas Wong is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of English of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has just completed his MPhil thesis on the relationship between body parts, desire and fetishism in contemporary films and literary texts. Besides academic research, Wong is also interested in creative writing and has published poems and short stories both locally and internationally. Wong served as the guest editor for the August 2008 issue of Cha. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it [Read
Nicolette Wong
ImageNicole Wong's fiction has been published in Hong Kong, US, UK and Australia. She is currently a journalist for an English newspaper in Hong Kong. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . [Read]
Bryan Thao Worra
ImageBorn in Laos in 1973, Bryan Thao Worra is the author of On The Other Side of the Eye, Touching Detonations and The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs. His writing appears internationally across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, including the anthologies Contemporary Voices From The East, Bamboo Among the Oaks, and Outsiders Within. Visit his blog for more details. [Read]
Marco Yan
ImageMarco Yan is a 20-year-old Hong Konger. He is currently majoring in English Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. Having been experimenting with creative writing for years, Yan is particularly interested in poems and short stories. He hopes to share his thoughts and ideas with others through his writing. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . [Read]
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