Poetry Jam | Hong Kong International Literary Festival | Friday 11 March

Poetry doesn’t get better than this!

“Visiting and local poets read their own and others’ work in a sticky, noisy and unpredictable mix, ring-mistressed by Viki Holmes. Ticket price includes a $30 drinks voucher redeemable at the door.”

Friday, 11 March 2011
Poetry Jam

19:30 – 21:30
Fringe Club
This Friday, if you are in Hong Kong, you should attend Poetry Jam, an evening of poetry organised by Poetry OutLoud Hong Kong, hosted by Viki Holmes. The event is part of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2011. Eight Cha contributors will be reading — click the images below to read their works in Cha.

Other participating poets include Akin Jeje, Gillian Bickley, Jason Polley, Nashua Gallagher, and more. 

Cha contributors in The Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2011

Cha contributors Martin Alexander, Andy Barker, Viki Holmes, Wena Poon, Xu Xi, Louise Ho, Leung Ping-Kwan and our Reviews Editor Eddie Tay will be appearing in The Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2011 (8-18 March). More details can be found here.

Asia Literary Review — Let’s have some flora in the poems

There are some wonderful poems in the Winter 2010 issue of Asia Literary Review (this is their “China’ issue) and it is interesting to see that many of them feature flora imagery.1 

  • Landscape Above Zero | Bei Dao | “It was the pen that bloomed in despair / It was the flower that refused the necessary journey”
  • Tonight We Sow | Duo Duo | “Tulips, last days and the ferrying / and bed after bed piled up with seed, nourishes lovers.”
  • Snow Without Subject (2)Yang Lian | “Flowers meticulously etched on a bowl by a dead bird – / drinking from the bright red stream at the picnic.”
  • A Few Memories | Shu Ting | “… pressed down / A lost red mountain flower / Eucalyptus trees turn”
  • The Future | Bai Hua | “Birds, beasts, flowers, wood, spring, summer, autumn, winter – / all are surprised by this crazy little man.”
  • In the Mirror | Zhang Zao | “As long as there are thoughts that bring regret / plum blossoms fall” 
  • Wild Temple | Chen Dongdong | “An old monk | Acrid pines”
  • PhoenixZheng Danyi | “Like a basketful of pears, with soft-jade core, one // Another, for her I peel the fruits”
The issue also includes Liu Xiaobo’s poem for his wife “You Wait for Me with Dust“. There is no flora in it. No sunlight.  
1Two of the translators, Martin Alexander (who is also the poetry editor of ALR) and Shirley Lee, have previously contributed to Cha.

Poetry OutLoud poets and Cha contributors on the BBC World Service

BBC World Service – The Strand

Poets Zheng Danyi and Martin Alexander talk about “New Generation Poetry” and read Danyi’s poem “Dedication”, written in 1990.
Also, a love poem from the Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo to his wife (“I Give Everything to You”) is newly translated by Danyi, Martin and Shirley Lee and read on the programme by Danyi (Mandarin) and Martin (English).

Listen to this particular edition of “The Strand” here (start from 20:00).

Danyi, Martin and Shirley are all Hong Kong Poetry Outloud poets.

Martin is a regular Cha contributor and Shirley’s poem “Letter to a Prominent Korean Man And to You” is published in the current issue of the journal.

UPDATE: A longer love poem by Liu Xiaobo will be included in the next issue of the Asia Literary Review, with an essay by Danyi and Martin on New Generation poetry and what’s been happening with poetry in China since the death of Mao. 


Poetry OutLoud meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm in the downstairs bar of Hong Kong’s Fringe Club.
Write to  PoetryOutloud@GMail.Com if you’d like to read,
MC an event, or be added to or deleted from the mailing list.
Click on the link for further details: http://my.opera.com/PoetryOutLoud/blog/ 


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.

Martin Alexander wins the International Grand Prix for Poetry

Good news! Cha contributor Martin Alexander attended the Orient-Occident Festival in Romania earlier this year; and was awarded the International Grand Prix for Poetry with his poem “Smashing Up the Grand Piano”, first published in issue #3 of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. You can watch a video of Martin reading the poem here (he is an excellent reader). Congratulations, Martin! The poem is discussed here by Cha staff.

Martin Alexander’s poetry has been previously published in issue #3 of Cha.

FIFTY-FIFTY Relaunch Event at Pacific Coffee

Fifty-Fifty, the anthology edited by Xu Xi and published by Haven Books (Hong Kong), will be relaunched with a new cover. To celebrate Haven Books has teamed up with Pacific Coffee to bring the anthology to the general public at a “Meet the Authors” event held on two dates in September 2009: first in Central and two weeks later in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 / 7 – 8.30pm
Pacific Coffee, 52-54 Wellington Street, Central
Thursday, September 24, 2009 / 7 – 8.30pm
Pacific Coffee, G/F New World Centre, 18-24 Salisbury Road, TST
Fifty-Fifty features work by many Cha contributors, including Xu Xi (issue #6), Martin Alexander (issue #3), Andrew Barker (issue #7), Cecilia Chan (issue #7), David Clarke (issue #1), Louise Ho (issue #4), Viki Holmes (issues #3 and #8), Alan Jefferies (issue #7), Agnes Lam (issue #2), Elbert S.P. Lee (issue #1), Arthur Leung (issue #1 and guest poetry editor of issue #6), Mani Rao (issue #1), Kate Rogers (issue #8), Nicholas Y. B. Wong (issue #1 and guest editor of issue #4) and Cha‘s founding co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-ming.
If you are in Hong Kong in September, do join the Fifty-Fifty writers at these exciting meetings!

Best of the Web 2009 Nominations

Cha‘s nominations for the Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2009 print anthology are:
-“Whose Woods These Are” (poetry) by Eddie Tay, issue#2 February 2008
-“Smashing Up the Grand Piano” (poetry) by Martin Alexander, issue#3 May 2008
-“Flowers are as Permanent as Brick” (poetry) by Reid Mitchell, issue#4 August 2008
-“Bet” (fiction) by YZ Chin, issue#3 May 2008
-“Two Among Many” (fiction) by Philip Holden, issue#4 August 2008
Congratulations to all the nominees. We wish you the best of luck.