Kate Rogers’s City of Stairs

The March 2012 Hong Kong Poetry OutLoud event will be devoted to a book launch: the debut of Canadian poet Kate Rogers’s second collection, City of Stairs, courtesy of Haven Books and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

For this extra-special evening Outloud will take place in the FRINGE CLUB STUDIO THEATRE, 8pm, Wednesday 7th March 2012, and Viki Holmes will be the MC. The first set will feature a selection of special guest readers sharing a reprise from Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, with Kate reading in the second set, and an open-mic will grace the evening in the third set. If you’d like to read in the open mic section of the evening, please let us know at PoetryOutloud@gmail.com

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ABOUT CITY OF STAIRS

When the subject calls for it, Rogers’ writing can be delicately wistful, potently visceral, ecstatic, sensuous, or richly contemplative. The many striking, insightful portraits of strong women show an equal adeptness with the contemporary and the mythic – and their overlaps. This book is a treasury, and a real tour de force.

-Allan Briesmaster, poet and editor Quattro Press; co-founder Word Stage Reading Series, Toronto, Canada

ABOUT KATE ROGERS

Canadian poet and educator Kate Rogers has had poetry, essays and reviews published in anthologies and literary magazines in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and the UK. She has been short-listed twice for the Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Prize by Toronto literary journal Descant. Her work has appeared in Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing; The Asia Literary Review, Dimsum; Pressed; Crave it; Many Mountains Moving; Dream Catcher; The New Quarterly, Contemporary Verse II, Canadian Women’s Studies, The Mad Woman in the Academy and Orbis International. She has traveled extensively in Asia and in Southern Africa. A bilingual collection of her essays about conservation in Taiwan, The Swallows’ Return, was published in 2006.
Her first collection of poetry, Painting the Borrowed House, debuted in Hong Kong in 2008 with Proverse Publishing. Not A Muse: the Inner Lives of Women, co-edited by Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers; Haven Books; appeared in 2009.
  • Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue#9 of Cha and her review of Todd Swift’s and Chen Ching-In’s poetry collections was published in issue#8 of the journal.
  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue#8 of the journal.


Kate Rogers’s City of Stairs

The March 2012 Hong Kong Poetry OutLoud event will be devoted to a book launch: the debut of Canadian poet Kate Rogers’s second collection, City of Stairs, courtesy of Haven Books and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

For this extra-special evening Outloud will take place in the FRINGE CLUB STUDIO THEATRE, 8pm, Wednesday 7th March 2012, and Viki Holmes will be the MC. The first set will feature a selection of special guest readers sharing a reprise from Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, with Kate reading in the second set, and an open-mic will grace the evening in the third set. If you’d like to read in the open mic section of the evening, please let us know at PoetryOutloud@gmail.com

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ABOUT CITY OF STAIRS

When the subject calls for it, Rogers’ writing can be delicately wistful, potently visceral, ecstatic, sensuous, or richly contemplative. The many striking, insightful portraits of strong women show an equal adeptness with the contemporary and the mythic – and their overlaps. This book is a treasury, and a real tour de force.

-Allan Briesmaster, poet and editor Quattro Press; co-founder Word Stage Reading Series, Toronto, Canada

ABOUT KATE ROGERS

Canadian poet and educator Kate Rogers has had poetry, essays and reviews published in anthologies and literary magazines in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and the UK. She has been short-listed twice for the Winston Collins Best Canadian Poem Prize by Toronto literary journal Descant. Her work has appeared in Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing; The Asia Literary Review, Dimsum; Pressed; Crave it; Many Mountains Moving; Dream Catcher; The New Quarterly, Contemporary Verse II, Canadian Women’s Studies, The Mad Woman in the Academy and Orbis International. She has traveled extensively in Asia and in Southern Africa. A bilingual collection of her essays about conservation in Taiwan, The Swallows’ Return, was published in 2006.
Her first collection of poetry, Painting the Borrowed House, debuted in Hong Kong in 2008 with Proverse Publishing. Not A Muse: the Inner Lives of Women, co-edited by Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers; Haven Books; appeared in 2009.
  • Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue#9 of Cha and her review of Todd Swift’s and Chen Ching-In’s poetry collections was published in issue#8 of the journal.
  • Viki Holmes’s poetry was published in issue#3 of Cha and her review of Gillian Sze’s Fish Bones was published in issue#8 of the journal.


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)

Reciters


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.

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 PoetryOutloud@gmail.com if you’d like a slot. Gauri Naurain will MC.

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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.

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. 


Is Hong Kong a nurturing environment for writers?


What is it like being a writer in a place like Hong Kong? Is it a nurturing environment?
Is Hong Kong a nurturing environment for writers? Absolutely. You just need to open up yourself and participate. However, the city will not be nurturing if you hide in your cubical or apartment.

Hong Kong has so much going on: the Hong Kong Writers’ Circle, established in 1991, continues to support local writers and the members of which founded or were and still are members of many other literary groups in Hong Kong; the University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong are offering Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programmes; the Hong Kong Women in Publishing Society organises regular events open to the public and The Hong Kong International Literary Festival brings together local and international writers in March in October each year;1 there are English publishers such as Chameleon Press, Haven BooksProverse and Signal 8 Press; there are dedicated people who run regular poetry readings at Joyce Is Not Here, Kubrick and Peel Fresco Music Lounge and the group Poetry OutLoud has been around for a long time; there are English publications such as Muse Magazine and Culture that often cover literary elements. Of course, Asia Literary ReviewYuan Yang and Renditions consistently publish excellent creative works over the years.

Writers in the city should take the initiative and connect with other people. And I hope in some small ways Cha is helping foster an encouraging writing environment in Hong Kong as well.

Do check out the newly-launched Hong Kong English Literature Database, prepared by Professor Elaine Ho and her team of contributors from the School of English, the University of Hong Kong. The website contains a rich corpus of anglophone writing about Hong Kong; short summaries and critical comments on more than 100 titles are provided on the site. You can see here for a detailed introduction to the project. Also of relevance is the article “Language Policy, ‘Asia’s World City’ and Anglophone Hong Kong Writing”

See more questions and answers here

1Starting from 2012, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival will take place in October.

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. 

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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/ 

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Launch of Eddie Tay’s The Mental Life of Cities at Poetry OutLoud

Venue: Fringe Club
Date: 3 Nov 2010 (Wed)
Time: 8pm
Akin Jeje will MC – if you’d like to read in the open mic section, please email us at poetryoutloud@gmail.com

About The Mental Life of Cities
This collection is a meditation on the modern city and the creative life. The bilingual poems featured here 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.
Such a thick forest of words
we’re passing through –
is it possible to read from cover to cover?
The leaves are trembling in these hands,
waiting for a city to happen.
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 and poetry. He is also the reviews editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, an online journal based in Hong Kong. This is his third collection of poetry.
Praise for Tay’s previous work:
One finds … many powerful and surprising effects …”
—Wong Phui Nam in The Straits Times, Singapore
… his poems are economical, full of evocative detail, and both ironic
and impassioned at one and the same time. I read them over and over
again.” —Bradley Winterton in The Taipei Times
… a balance of definition and lyricism.”

Poetry OutLoud — A Hallowe’en Reading

From the event host, Kate Rogers:

Dear Poetry Lovers,

October is coming to a close and what better way to see in November than with a spooky poetry reading featuring writers from the International Writers’ Workshop and our local Outlouders?

This extra-spectral Outloud event will be hosted by Kate Rogers – poet, lecturer, editor, and will take place at:

place: Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Road, Central
date: Sunday 31st October 2010
time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Kate Rogers’ poetry was published in issue#9 of Cha and her review of Todd Swift’s and Chen Ching-In’s poetry collections was published in issue#8 of the journal.

Xu Xi — Habit of a Foreign Sky — launch events in Hong Kong and Singapore

Please note the following launch events for Xu Xi‘s new novel Habit of a Foreign Sky in Singapore and Hong Kong:

  • Wednesday September 29 at 6 pm: Earshot Cafe, The Old Arts House, Singapore. (Free & Open to the Public)
  • Monday October 4 at 4:30 pm: City University of Hong Kong, P 4701. (Free & Open to the Public – see Flyer (pdf)).
  • Wednesday October 6 at 8:00 pm: Outloud at the Fringe, Hong Kong. (Free & Open to the Public)
  • Thursday October 7 at 6:30 pm: Asia Society at The Hong Kong Club (Registration required — see Flyer (pdf)).
Xu Xi’s creative non-fiction was published in issue #6 of Cha.

Poetry OutLoud – 1st September 2010

Come to Poetry OutLoud!!!
First Wednesday of the Month
at 8pm at Fringe Studio, Hong Kong Fringe Club
Next session is on the 1st of September 2010
The MC is Eddie Tay
If you would like to read, please contact us very soon at the address below.
Go to the OutLoud blog page for full details!
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Poetry OutLoud meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 8pm – usually at the fringe Club, though the Fringe Club may be undergoing renovations, so please check emials for changes of venue!
Write to PoetryOutloud@GMail.Com if you’d like to read, MC an event, or be added to the mailing list.
Click on the link for further details:

Eddie Tay is Reviews Editor of Cha.

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

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