Updates on 8 contributors: Arthur Leung, Daryl Yam, Cyril Wong, Ivy Alvarez, Marc Vincenz, Rumjhum Biswas, Dena Rash Guzman and Kristine Ong Muslim

Arthur Leung, Daryl Yam and Cyril Wong

The new issue of Quarterly Literary Review Singapore is now available! Read Arthur Leung’s “Chicken Rice in Singapore” (a reinterpretation of Leung Ping-kwan’s Chinese poem), Daryl Yam’s stories “It’s Not Valid” and “Love Is A Killer” and Cyril Wong’s regular column, Acid Tongue – this time the topic is “More things wrong in American poetry”. There is also a review of Chris Mooney-Singh’s The Bearded Chameleon by David Fedo in the new issue. 
|| See Arthur Leung’s Cha profile.
|| Daryl Yam’s poetry is forthcoming in Issue #17 of Cha.
|| Cyril Wong’s poetry was published in Issue#1 of Cha. 
|| Chris Mooney-Singh’s poetry was published in Issue #2 of Cha.


Ivy Alvarez

Ivy Alvarez‘s poem “An Unidentified Man” is published in the April 2012 issue of Our Own Voice.   

|| See Ivy Alvarez’s Cha profile. 


Marc Vincenz

A Russian translation of Marc Vincenz’s poem, “Taishan Mountain”, translated by Jenya Krein, is published in the new issue of the Russian-language literary journal OKNO. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read/see the poem in Russian. You can also read the English original and Marc’s discussion of it on the Lantern Review blog

|| See Marc Vincenz’s Cha profile.

Rumjhum Biswas
Rumjhum Biswas’s poem “Last Night I Dreamed of Valpolicella” is available on Every Day Poets.
 || See Rumjhum Biswas’s Cha profile. 

Dena Rash Guzman
Read Dena Rash Guzman’s discussion of Zachary Schomburg’s video poem “Your Limbs Will Be Torn Off In a Farm Accident” on The Rumpus. It’s a beautiful poem and Dena’s personal take on it is equally beautiful.
|| Dena Rash Guzman’s poetry was published in Issue #15 and Issue #16 of Cha.


Kristine Ong Muslim
Kristine Ong Muslim‘s poem “The Half-Butterfly” is available in Punchnel’s.  
|| Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry was published in issue #9 of Cha and her poem “Preface to a Pornographer’s Dirty Book” is discussed here.


New updates on 6 Cha contributors: Kristine Ong Muslim, Sridala Swami, Sumana Roy, Nabina Das, Anindita Sengupta and Ivy Alvarez

Kristine Ong Muslim

Kristine Ong Muslim‘s new collection of prose poetry and ekphrastic flash fiction We Bury the Landscape is now available for pre-ordering. Learn more about the book here
Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry was published in issue #9 of Cha and her poem “Preface to a Pornographer’s Dirty Book” is discussed here.

Sridala Swami, Sumana Roy, Nabina Das and Anindita Sengupta

The Spring 2012 issue of pyrta is now live and several Cha contributors have new poetry in it. Read Sumana Roy’s “Marriage: Mirror”, Nabina Das’s “Shiva of the Shantytown” and Anindita Sengupta’s “The Eye of Horus. The poetry in this issue was guest edited by Sridala Swami, whose has written a lovely note.

|| Read Sumana Roy’s Cha profile.
|| Nabina Das’s poetry was published in Issue #10 of Cha.
|| Anindita Sengupta‘s poetry was published in issue #3 of Cha.
|| Sridala Swami‘s poem “moments before they take him away” was published in issue #3 of Cha and discussed on A Cup of Fine Tea. 

Ivy Alvarez

Read Ivy Alvarez’s poem “Seph” and an interview in the latest issue of Certain Circuits Magazine.

Read Ivy Alvarez’s Cha profile.  


Cha – Call for Submissions – Issue #18 (September 2012)


due out in September 2012.
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now calling for submissions for its September 2012 issue (Issue # 18).

Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 June, 2012.

Former contributors Ivy Alvarez (poetry) and Berit Ellingsen (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with co-editors Tammy Ho and Jeff Zroback. Please contact Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at eddie@asiancha.com if you want to review a book or have a book reviewed in the journal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at editors@asiancha.com.
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Ivy Alvarez and Luisa A. Igloria in Fire On Her Tongue

Cha contributors Ivy Alvarez and Luisa A. Igloria have works in Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, edited by Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy. Ivy’s poems are “What Vivien Leigh Dropped” and “What Rita Hayworth Threw Away” and Luisa’s poems are “Forager”, Despedida de Soltera”, “Speaking Of____” and “Consonance”. Learn more about the anthology and purchase a copy here

Cha contributors in Mascara Literary Review

Read Nicholas Y.B. Wong’s “Journey” and “Paranormal Panorama” and Ivy Alvarez’s “The secret sister” and “The Museum of Inexplicable History” in the new issue of Mascara Literary Review. Also in the issue is Paul Sharrad’s review of Michelle Cahill’s Vishvarūpa and Carol Chan’s review of Jee Leong Koh’s Seven Studies for a Self Portrait.

  • See Nicholas Y.B. Wong’s Cha profile.
  • See Ivy Alvarez’s Cha profile.
  • Michelle Cahill’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha.
  • Jee Leong Koh’s poetry was published in issue #6 of Cha.

Ivy Alvarez in BIG Kids Magazine

Ivy Alvarez’s “Tilt”, written in response to Makaelathe’s (aged 7) “The Viollisa Bird” is now featured on BIG Kids Magazine. Ivy’s piece begins with the following:

Every airport has a particular smell. Hong Kong International Airport’s a dried fish/market stall smell while Heathrow is all diesel dust and desperation.

Continue reading here.
Ivy Alvarez’s poetry was published in issue #7 of Cha

Concelebratory Shoehorn Review – The Fourth Anniversary Issue

The Fourth Anniversary Issue of Concelebratory Shoehorn Review (editor: Maurice Oliver) is now online. It features poetry by Barry Ballard, Cheong Lee San, Kevin Prufer, Corey Cook, John Gallaher, Sandra McPherson and Kelly Norman Ellis; and photography of Milan Malovich and art of Kathleen Pequignot. The new issue also includes Ivy Alvarez’s poems “auricle, ventricle”, “lost flesh”, “mother, daughter” and “resurrection”. Read the entire issue here.
  • Maurice Oliver’s poetry was published in issue #3 of Cha.
  • Ivy Alvarez’s poetry was published in issue #7 of Cha

Ivy Alvarez and Michelle Cahill in Red Leaves

From the Red Leaves website: 

Red Leaves/ 紅葉 is Australia’s (and the world’s!) first English-language / Japanese bi-lingual literary journal. The inaugural issue of this independent publication — which is now available for purchase online, as well as throughout Australia and Japan — was published and distributed in MAY, 2010: during the height of Australian autumn. 

In issue #001 (Australian fall, 2010), you will find Ivy Alvarez’s and Michelle Cahill’s poetry. Read more:


  • Ivy Alvarez’s poetry was published in issue #7 of Cha
  • Michelle Cahill’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha

Whale Sound

Whale Sound is Nic Sebastian’s project. According to Nic, “My idea is to record and post readings of contemporary poems that affect me in one way or another.” Learn more about Whale Sound here.

Several Cha contributors’ poems have been recorded by Nic. Listen to:

Cha contributors in Blue Fifth Review

Cha contributors Ivy Alvarez and Divya Rajan have new works in the Winter 2010 issue of Blue Fifth Review. Read Ivy’s “B”, “J” and “K” on this page. And Divya’s gorgeous artwork (“Ocean Desires” and “Veiless Woman“) is also found in the issue.

Ivy Alvarez — reading from MORTAL

*** Please note that this event has been postponed to Thu, 21 Jan, due to the snow. Amended poster here.**

UNI-VERSE presents
reading from Mortal
‘An incredible first collection of poems … weaving mythology and personal experience … examines the relationship between a mother and daughter and how the spectre of breast cancer affects them.’

With an introduction by Duncan McGibbon (author of The Consolations). Mortal is published by Red Morning Press (Washington, DC)

Wednesday 13 January 2010 ● 12.30-14.00VISITORS WELCOME £4 ● MEMBERS / STUDENTS £2Soft drinks available, bring your own snacks/ sandwiches

Uni-verse is hosted by Bath Stanza Rep for The Poetry Society, Nikki Bennett

Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HN
tel: 01225 312 084

web: http://www.brlsi.org/admin/group.cfm?group=uv

Ivy Alvarez’s poetry has been published in issue #7 of Cha.

Poets in the Bookshop with Ivy Alvarez

Poets in the Bookshop with Ivy Alvarez

The Dylan Thomas CentreThursday, 25 June at 7.30pm

Ivy Alvarez is this month’s guest poet at the Dylan Thomas Centre‘s Poets in the Bookshop on Thursday, 25 June at 7.30pm.

Ivy Alvarez was born in the Philippines, grew up in Tasmania and now lives in Cardiff. Her work has been widely published and performed, and she has held several residencies and won a variety of awards. Her latest full collection is Mortal (Red Morning Press).

“Sharpness of perception, whether of taste, eye or ear, is what defines this tightly written collection. The sharpness of the heart as mothers and daughters strain to find continuity, the sharpnesses of a sometimes painful, sometimes delightful present, and the deep poignancies of memory, are incised across these poems. Here’s a striking new voice to accompany us from Hades to Tasmania, from myth to mother” – WN Herbert

The evening will also include an open mic session. For more information, please contact the Dylan Thomas Centre on 01792 463980 or see here. Tickets are £4-00 Full Price, £2-80 Concessions and £1-60 Swansea PTL.

Host: Dylan Thomas Centre
Date: 25 June 2009
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Location: Dylan Thomas Centre
Street: Somerset Place
Town/City: Swansea, United Kingdom
Phone: 01792463980
Email: dylanthomas.lit@swansea.gov.uk

Ivy Alvarez’s poetry has been published in issue #7 of Cha.