Anna Yin reads | 5 April 2012

From Anna’s website:

The poetry month is coming (April). The year 2012 will mark the 14th National Poetry Month across Canada. There will be a lot of poetry events during this month. I am organizing one at Churchill Meadow Library. (Poster of national Poetry Reading)
Richard Greene, Cheryl Xavier, Brandon Pitts and Anthazia Kadir will join me on April 5 (Thursday night) from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Here are photos of poets and musicians. The library will make a nice poetry display for our books and Canadian Poetry in March and April to celebrate.        
Free admission, coffee and refreshment…(thanks the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the League of Canadian Poets and Mississauga Library)

Anna Yin’s poem “Raspberries“, published in the November 2009 issue of Cha, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Read “A cup of fine tea: Anna Yin’s “Raspberries” here.

Gillian Sze reads | 17 March

Gillian Sze will be reading her works on Saturday 17 March. From Gillian’s website:
Saturday, March 17th at 7pm, come to D&Q to celebrate with graduate students of Études anglaises (Université de Montréal) as they launch their new literary chapbook, HEDGES.

Neither artificial nor natural, hedges are thin, flimsy fences, leafy stitches on a landscape. Hedges is a chapbook penned and handmade by graduate students of Études anglaises at the Université de Montréal. The collection features work that explores the linguistic twigs of the city.

Readings by Gail Scott/Angela Carr/Josh Davidson/Sandra K. Davies/Agnès Dupuis/Bronwyn Haslam/Jessi MacEachern/Ng Yiu-Tsan/Vicky Reuter/Gillian Sze/Wang Fei.

Launched in conjunction with GRAPHICITY, the department’s graduate student conference. Invite your friends and join the event on Facebook here.
Read Gillian Sze’s Cha profile. Her poem “Sonnet II” was discussed on A Cup of Fine Tea.

Royston Tester’s story named finalist in Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards

Congratulations to Royston Tester! His story “Four Gentlemen and a Comfort Woman” has been named a finalist in Malahat Review‘s annual Open Seasons Awards competition. “Four Gentlemen and a Comfort Woman” is from Royston’s forthcoming collection Fatty Goes to China (Tightrope Books). We are honoured to have the opportunity to feature the title story “Fatty Goes to China” in the February/March 2012 issue of Cha in the “Excerpt” section.
Royston is Cha‘s regular guest editor and he 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. 

On Monday February 13th, Royston will be reading from Fatty Goes to China at The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Street. The night is organized by Tightrope Books and is called ‘Valentine/Anti-Valentine/Love/Heartbreak’ readings.

Poetry OutLoud Hong Kong | Thursday 3 November 2011

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DATE: 3 Nov 2011 (Thursday)
TIME: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
VENUE: Fotogalarie, 2/F, Fringe Club, 2nd Lower Albert Road, Central
Host: Mr. David McKirdy (Poetry OutLoud)


Cha contributors Zhai Yaoming (visiting writer) Ms. Zhai Yongming is not able to come to Hong Kong  and Arthur Leung (local writer), amongst others, will read.

Xi Chuan at the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong | 10-13 November

Xi Chuan, whose poetry was published in “The China Issue” of Cha (translated from the Chinese by Lucas Klein), will be reading at the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong (November 10-13, 2011).

Xi Chuan will be joining nine other Chinese-language poets from the Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as ten international poets, including Carolyn D. Wright, Tomaž Šalamun and Paul Muldoon. (See the full list of invited Chinese and international poets here.)

Visit the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong website for the programme, registration and further details.

Notes on the Mosquitoes, run by Lucas, has more information about Xi Chuan’s poetry and Chinese poetry in English translation. Lucas will be guest editing “The Ancient Asia Issue” of Cha in 2013.

Fatty Goes to China: Royston Tester reads | 25 August, 2011

Author Royston Tester Reading at the Opposite House

 :: 7pm, Thursday, August 25, 2011
Venue :: Atrium of The Opposite House
[limited seating available to the first 40 guests]
Where is ‘home’? Does an adopted one matter? Who’s adopting whom? In these eleven richly varied stories, set in and around a Beijing railway station, in a downtown Toronto neighborhood, in Berlin and Buchenwald, in England and in Romania, Fatty Goes to China explores the precarious lives of an accident-prone Chinese construction worker with a dark and violent secret, a Romanian carpenter with a ‘deathcamp hangover’ who finds that his teddy-bear named ‘Seriously’ is his harshest critic, a fatally ill Canadian artist who remains in Beijing after the 2008 Olympics and develops a surprising friendship, a teenaged KFC waitress who is tricked by an American student, a malingering heir who visits his childhood home in England for “the shoebox,” a grieving barber who, after risking his life, makes a gruesome discovery about his Czech lover, and a Chinese couple who make a shocking, last-minute decision about their adoptive child. Written in original, humorous, and innovative ways, these unforgettable narratives expose the risks in finding shelter in unaccommodating places.
Royston Tester [], is a British-Canadian short story writer who is currently an artist-in-residence at Red Gate []. He is also the guest-editor for Hong Kong based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Tester’s short story, ‘A Beijing Minute,’ to be read at The Opposite House, is from Fatty Goes to China, and has recently been published in the Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore.
This event is organized by Red Gate Gallery in collaboration with The Opposite House, Beijing.
The Opposite House, 11 Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing
tel/fax: +86 6417 6688

Read Royston Tester’s Cha profile.

Mani Rao reads | 17 June 2011

Reading on June 17
Toto Funds the Arts
is delighted to invite you to a reading by poet and author
Mani Rao
of her radical, literary translation of the Bhagavad Gita
She will be in conversation with Arshia Sattar
Venue: Crossword Bookstore, ACR Towers, Ground Floor, 32 Residency Road, Bangalore – 1
Date and time: Friday, 17 June 2011 at 6.30 pm
In this bold, new translation of the Gita, poet Mani Rao cuts past conventions and uses language innovatively; at the same time she adheres strictly to the meaning of the Sanskrit original and is sensitive to its nuances.
Read more about the event here.

Mani Rao’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

Poetry OutLoud features Mary-Jane Newton | Wednesday 4th May 2011

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Mary-Jane Newton’s new poetry collection Of Symbols Misused will feature, and there will also be an open mic session. Please email if you’d like a slot. Gauri Naurain will MC.

Author’s bio: Mary-Jane Newton was born in India and grew up in Germany. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Of Symbols Misused (Proverse Hong Kong, 2011) and her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies internationally. She is an Editor at Oxford University Press and currently resides in Hong Kong with her husband and daughter.

Mary-Jane Newton’s poetry and reviews were published in Issue 13 of Cha.

The launch of Greg Santos’s THE EMPEROR’S SOFA | April 29, 2011

Greg Santos’s The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books) is being launched in Montreal on April 29th at The Blue Metropolis Festival. Greg will be reading from the collection and four other DC Books authors will also be reading and launching their books. now up, with online ordering possibilities. More information about the launch HERE.
Greg Santos’s poetry was published in issue #10 of Cha.

Gillian Sze reads (13 February 2011)

“Some of the city’s most well-known poets bring the love at an Infinitheatre fundraiser this Sunday, Feb. 13 from 5–7 p.m. at Bain St-Michel (5300 St-Dominique). Mike Spry, Gillian Sze, Mary di Michele, and others will read the love poetry of well-known Montreal poets like Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen. Wine and cheese will follow, with music by Karen Young.”

ARTSWEEK, Montreal Mirror

Read Gillian Sze’s Cha profile.

W. F. Lantry reads – Saturday 05 Feb 2011

From their website:

In an exciting cultural event celebrating the 36th anniversary of Voices Israel, co-editor Michael Dickel, visiting from Jerusalem, will host poets Matthew Anish, Stanley H. Barkan, Julia Birdsall, Asya Graf, Adeena Karasick, W. F. Lantry, Pearse Murray, Judith R. Robinson, Ruth Sabath Rosenthal, Patti Tana, and James K. Zimmerman as they read their contributions to Voices Israel 2010 (Volume 36) and more. Malijoy Livingstone, a Scottish-born Israeli, will also be reading.

More information here.
W.F. Lantry’s poetry was published in Issue #12 of Cha.

Lunar New Year Mouth to Mouth Open Mic: Kelly Tsai and Ocean Vuong

From their website:

2011 is starting off with a bang! We’re ushering in the new year with a Mouth to Mouth Open Mic featuring activist and spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and poet Ocean Vuong. So, come, bring a friend, and be ready to get your socks rocked off by poetry.

More information here.

Ocean Vuong’s poem “Paramour” was published in issue#10 of Cha; the poem has been nominated for inclusion in Best of the Net Anthology 2010.

Eddie Tay reads at Kubrick, Sunday 26 December 2010

From the Kubrick Poetry website:

時間 Time:2010/12/26 (Sun) 5:00pm-6:00pm

地點 Venue: 油麻地 Kubrick (next to Broadway Cinemathèque, 3 Public Square St.)

主持 Moderators:Polly Ho, Adam Cheung, Florence Ng, Wong Wai Yim

詩人來賓 Guest Poet:Eddie Tay

Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay is a long time resident of Hong Kong. He is an assistant professor at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on creative writing, children literature and poetry. Tay is the reviews editor at Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

Recently, he published his third poetry collection, The Mental Life of Cities. The collection is “a meditation on the modern city and creative life” and the poems are inspired by “the ways in which the English and the Chinese languages intertwine and take root in the Asian cities of Hong Kong and Singapore”. He has authored two collections of poetry: Remnants and A Lover’s Soliloquy.

You are welcome to bring your own work to share, as always.


Performance Poet Blair Reeve Performs (17th November, 2010)

Originally posted on 21st October, 2010.

Women in Publishing Society Hong Kong

Invites you to
participate in an evening
of performance poetry
New Zealand performance poet
Blair Reeve
Blair will give us an insight into the whys and wherefores
of live performance poetry when he gets up to strut
his verbal stuff for our next gathering.
Blair Reeve has been reciting performance poetry for fifteen years. From his humble origins in Dunedin through the big smokes of Auckland and Tokyo, Blair ended up in Hong Kong. Blair recites monthly at the Poetry Outloud meetings in the Fringe Club in Central. He has recited his poetry in New York, London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and yet despite wowing international crowds with his unique take on rhythm and meaning, Blair is a shy, humble poet, happy to share his work and inspirations with the man or woman on the street. Come to enjoy some great rhymin’ times as well as the chance to read something rhythmical yourself. If you have written any of your own poetry, please bring it along.
Date: Wednesday, 17th Nov, 2010
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: Hughes Room, Foreign Correspondents’ Club,
2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
Admission: $100 (WiPS members); $200 (non-members)
Registration: Registration required. EMAIL and write ‘poetry’ in the subject line. Payment can be made at the door by cash or cheque made out to “Women in Publishing Society”
Cancellations can only be accepted up to 48 hours before an event. The Hong Kong Women in Publishing Society is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the status of women in publishing and other industries. It provides networking and training opportunities through events and workshops.

Blaire Reeve’s poetry was published in issue#6 of Cha.

Jazzetry at Peel Fresco

Time: 26 October · 07:30 – 14:00
Location: Peel Fresco Lounge, Peel Street, Hong Kong

Enjoy an evening of poetry and jazz with poets from the International Writers Workshop and some of the best Hong Kong-based writers, including Kate Rogers, Nicole Wong, Adam Radford and Jason Lee. Mark Peter provides musical accompaniment, Viki Holmes MCs.

See the event Facebook page here.

one by one OUTLOUD 5 May

one by one

one person:

one poem ~ story ~ song…

the following poets/writers/artists will perform

akin jeje
brian mulcahy
yuen che-hung
christian johnson
zheng danyi
dave mckirdy
fanny-min becker
chan fongie
shoko fujioka
gerard henry
gillian bickley
jessica yeung
jonathan douglas
keon lee
chung ling
mary jane newton
michael holland
michael ingham
pauline burton
salah elewa
sarah brennan
sayed gouda
shahilla shariff
sonia au
stephen richards
mak su yin
tanya hart
virginia chu
wong yankwaii


5 may 2010 ~ fringe club ~ 8pm ~ free
emcee: madeleine marie slavick
presented by OUTLOUD (est. 1999)

Cha contributors in The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2010

Cha contributors Martin Alexander, Andrew Barker, Blair Reeve, Jason Lee, Ouyang Yu, Kate Rogers, Viki Holmes and Xu Xi will be featured in the 2010 Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival (11-19 March). More details can be found here.