New updates on 4 Cha contributors: Kit Kelen, Nicolette Wong, Kristine Ong Muslim and W.F. Lantry

Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha. 


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Nicolette Wong

Nicolette Wong‘s short fiction “The Bathroom” (p. v) is included in the April 2012 issue of Short, Fast and Deadly.
Nicolette Wong’s short stories were published in Issue #1 and Issue #6 of Cha.   

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Kristine Ong Muslim

 In the new issue of mixer, which is devoted to stories about ‘women and the problems they confront in a culture bent on defining and controlling them’, you can find Kristine Ong Muslim‘s ekphrastic prose poem “The Village of Mermaids”
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.

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W.F. Lantry
Congratulations to W.F. Lantry! He has won the 2012 LaNelle Daniel Prize in Poetry for “Restoration”, a metaphysical love poem, written in rhymed pentameter. More information about the Prize here.
Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile.   

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Michelle Cahill, Kit Kelen and Vaughan Rapatahana in foam:e

Three Cha contributors have new works in the February 2011 issue of foam:e. Read four poems by Michelle Cahill (“Rangzen”, “Nasreen”, “Lung-Ta” and “Fakir”); three poems by Kit Kelen (“poetry”, “the roughness and the fit of things” and “and when we’re gone”); and four poems by Vaughan Rapatahana (“eating breakfast with Virilio –”, “bathos”, “toreador lexis” and “climbing out of Tuesday”) in the new issue.

  • Michelle Cahill’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha.
  • Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha. 
  • Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry has been published in Issue #8 of Cha.

Kit Kelen’s Poetry, Consciousness, Community reviewed

In  Oxford Journals’  The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Nerys Williams reviews Kit Kelen’s Rodopi book Poetry, Consciousness, Community. Williams writes:

Kelen skillfully sutures together essays on poetry and writing, ranging from Freud’s hypotheses on day dreaming and Julia Kristeva’s Revolution in Poetic Language to cornerstone essays by poets such as Alexander Pope’s ruminations on the everyday and John Keats’ reflections on ‘negative capability’. The range of Kelen’s reference is impressive; his discussion may gesture to Mallarmé, Blake or C. Day Lewis within a couple of pages. He also combines his considerations of philosophical discourse and poetics in tandem with close readings of a range of individual poets, for example Gary Snyder, William Wordsworth, Osip Mandelstam, Archibald MacLeish, Miklós Radnóti or Sándor Weöres. (pp. 168-169)

The article is available here.

Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

ASM TO LAUNCH 13 NEW BOOKS ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 18

Association of Stories in Macao
澳門故事協會
ASM TO LAUNCH 13 NEW BOOKS ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 18
ASM’s 2010 Booklaunch
to be held at CCI (Creative Macau) Macau Cultural Centre
4.30 pm Saturday 18th December
Guest of Honour
The distinguished Hong Kong scholar and poet
Professor Leung Ping Kwan
At a ceremony to be held at CCI (Creative Macau) at the Macao Cultural Centre, ASM (the Association of Stories in Macao) will launch thirteen new books, covering a range of categories, including contemporary and classical poetry, poetry translation, short fiction and life writing.
Guest of honour at the launch will be the famous Hong Kong poet and Lingnan University Comparative Literature Chair, Professor Leung Ping Kwan.
Established in 2005, ASM is a non-profit government-registered community organisation dedicated to the promotion of writing and other artistic expression from and about Macao. Up until now, ASM has published fifty books, including poetry, novels, stories for children, teaching guides and much classical poetry in translation. ASM has published first books of poetry or fiction by many young Macao authors. This year’s launch features a second volume of (twenty) Australian poets, presented in parallel text, in English and Chinese.
The books (many of them bilingual) to be launched on December 18th include works by Cha contributors Leung Ping-Kwan (Amblings) and Christopher Kelen (to the single man’s hut – poems and pictures and China Years: New and Selected Poems). Detailed can be found in this catalogue [pdf].


  • Leung Ping-Kwan’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.
  • Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.

First Peng Chau Cultural Carnival 29-30 August 2009

Cha contributors’ poetry will be read aloud during the First Peng Chau Cultural Carnival. Do join us!

Saturday 29th August 2009

Poetry reading session ONE 3:15-3:30 PM
Agnes Lam (2 poems read by Rachel Chan)
Kit Kelen (4 poems with Chinese translations read by associate)
Tammy Ho (2 poems read by Calvin)
Madeleine Slavick (2-4 poems)
Elbert Lee (2 poems)

Poetry reading session TWO 5:00-5:15 PM
Tammy Ho (2 poems read by Helene)
Mani Rao (2 poems ready Chantel and Laith)
Alan Jefferies (2 poems ready by Helene)
Gillian Bickley (4 poems with translations read by Elbert)

  • Anges Lam’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha.
  • Christopher (Kit) Kelen’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.
  • Elbert S. P. Lee’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.
  • Mani Rao’s poetry was published in issue #1 of Cha.
  • Alan Jefferies’s poetry was published in issue #7 of Cha.