Contributors / December 2016 (Issue 34)

Guest Editors and Contest Judges
Image Arthur Leung, Associate Editor of Cha, helped select the poetry in the Ninth Anniversary Issue of the journal. He holds an MFA in creative writing (with distinction) from the University of Hong Kong and he is a regular performer of his poetry, having been featured in the Hong Kong Literature Festival, Hong Kong International Literary Festival and invited to give talks, demonstrations and workshops in various schools. He has also been invited to participate in "Art Talents Pop Up! Poemography Exp." as a contributing poet, in "Shall We Jam - A Recital of Leung Ping Kwan's Poetry in Song, Dance & Music" as a performing artist, in the opening ceremony of "LitStream" as a guest poet and in Hong Kong Baptist University's International Writers Workshop as a local writer. Leung was a winner of the 2008 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition, and was commended by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR government for his outstanding artistic accomplishments. [Cha profile]

Image Royston Tester, Associate Editor of Cha, helped select the prose in the Ninth Anniversary Issue of the journal. He is the author of three short fiction collections, You Turn Your Back (2014), Fatty Goes to China (2012), and Summat Else (2004). Two stories, "Seriously" and "Face", were shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Tester has been jury member for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize, and first reader for the Writers' Union of Canada's Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. In Canada, he has taught ESL at McMaster University, and fiction-writing at the Humber School for Writers, Toronto. In China, he has been a frequent writer-in-residence at the Red Gate Gallery, Beijing. [Cha profile]

Image Henrik Hoeg is the director and emcee of Peel Street Poetry, an advisor to the Hong Kong Literary Festival and AFTEC's poet-in-education for 2016. His first book Irreverent Poems for Pretentious People was an awardee in the Proverse Prize 2015 and published in April 2016. He recently emceed the 2016 TEDxWanChai event Crossroads, the biggest TEDx event in Hong Kong to date. By day he works at the Blurton Family Development Center as the head of the Literacy Department. He is working on his second collection of poetry, due out in 2017. Hoeg is one of the four judges of the Peel Street Poetry slam contest 2016. [Peel Street Poetry]

Image Nashua Gallagher is a Sri-Lankan born poet who lives, works, and writes in Hong Kong. She co-founded weekly open-mic sessions Peel Street Poetry in 2005 and has been an active participant in the Hong Kong literary scene from a young age. Her work has previously been featured in Not A Muse: A World Poetry Anthology (2009) and Outloud Too (2013). She is working on her first collection and regularly speaks at events promoting creative expression through the medium of spoken word. Gallagher is one of the four judges of the Peel Street Poetry slam contest 2016. [Peel Street Poetry]

Image Collier Nogues is the author of The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground, selected by Forrest Gander as the winner of the 2014 Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest, and On the Other Side, Blue (Four Way, 2011). She teaches creative writing in the Chinese University of Hong Kong's MA Programme in Literary Studies, and is a PhD Fellow in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong, where she studies contemporary poetry's responses to US militarization. She also co-edits poetry for Juked and curates Hong Kong's English-language poetry craft talk series, Ragged Claws. In Spring 2016, she was Lingnan University's Writer in Residence. Nogues is one of the four judges of the Peel Street Poetry slam contest 2016. [Peel Street Poetry]

Image Nury Vittachi is a journalist and author based in Hong Kong. His columns are published daily, weekly in a variety of newspapers in Asia as well as on his website. He wrote the comedy-crime novel series The Feng Shui Detective, published in many languages around the world, as well as non-fiction works and novels for children. He is also noted for his role in founding the Asia Literary Review, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the Man Asian Literary Prize, and was the chairman of the judges of the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award in 2008. Vittachi is one of the four judges of the Peel Street Poetry slam contest 2016. [Peel Street Poetry]

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