New updates on 5 Cha contributors: W.F. Lantry, Ricky Garni, Vaughan Rapatahana, Berit Ellingsen and Shivani Sivagurunathan

W.F. Lantry

Two stories by W.F. Lantry are now featured in Curly Red Stories. Read “Reason for Being” and “Desire” and if you like them, leave a comment. 
|| Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile. 


Ricky Garni

Ricky Garni’s poem “Seven Old Ladies” is published in the second issue of A Baker’s Dozen (you need to scroll down to read the piece). Is it a good idea to take blood pressure medicine? Can you think of any good medicine? Maybe Ricky can answer the second question in his next poem.

|| Ricky Garni’s poetry was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 

Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana’s book Philosophical (a)Musings: Colin Wilson, Me + the Meaning of Life is now available. This is a collection of Vaughan’s reviews of books by Colin Wilson, author of the seminal The Outsider (1956) and England’s leading Existentialist philosopher, as well as his extrapolations from the ideas of Wilson into the realms of original metaphysical philosophy.  
|| Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry was published in Issue #8 of Cha.

Berit Ellingsen
Berit Ellingsen‘s story “Thaumiel’s Ears” is included in the first issue of Cutaway Magazine. Learn more about this publication here.
|| Read Berit Ellingsen’s Cha profile.

Shivani Sivagurunathan
Shivani Sivagurunathan‘s poem “Day at the Mosque” is now published in Construction Magazine. It has this haunting line: ‘Who can say that the time is coming, has come, or is here?’
|| Shivani Sivagurunathan’s stories were published in Issue #13 and Issue #15 of Cha and her poetry was published in Issue #16 of the journal. 


New updates on 3 Cha contributors: Alvin Pang, Arjun Rajendran and Vaughan Rapatahana

Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang’s When the Barbarians Arrive, a selection of works from his previous five collections, is now available from Arc Publications! The selection ranges from love poems to satirical writing. These are poems that are “wry and shrewd, intelligent and sensitive”. They are also “at once recognizably national and international in reach, offering a fresh edgy energy to the wave of urban poetry emerging from Singapore”. Learn more about When the Barbarians Arrive here.

|| Alvin Pang’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha and his photographs were published in issue #12 and issue #16 of the journal.


Arjun Rajendran

|| Arjun Rajendran’s poetry was published in Issue #11 of Cha.


Vaughan Rapatahana

Two poems by Vaughan Rapatahana are now published in Rem Magazine

|| Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry was published in Issue #8 of Cha.


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.

Vaughan Rapatahana’s Home, Away, Elsewhere

Home Away Elsewhere
Semi-finalist for the inaugural Proverse Prize
Vaughan Rapatahana

Rapatahana’s poems make significant patterns out of the randomness of life’s events and give succinct and effective voice to the peculiarly modern condition of the global nomad at once home everywhere and home nowhere. 
David Eggleton, Editor of Landfall, Aotearoa-New Zealand.

…poems with attitude. … passionate, uncompromising and sardonic. …there is darkness here … also wit in abundance and a playfulness in language and thought … at times laugh-out-loud funny…. a compelling voice and Vaughan uses it skilfully to tell us his stories, make his often pungent points, and take us places few of us have seen. 
James Norcliffe, Robert Burns Fellow (2000), Aotearoa-New Zealand.

In Home, Away, Elsewhere Vaughan Rapatahana promises the deep irony/ absurdity/ reality of the new century, where home is really elsewhere and elsewhere is indeed a sort of home. … These poems are pieces of an intricately interlinked multi-cultural and multi-lingual world, in which the poet must learn to live. In fact the poet relishes this confusing richness. His verses celebrate the graphic possibility of words, their visual appearance and sounds. So one must come to them with big eyes, big ears and a limitless imagination. Muhammad Haji Salleh, National Laureate, Malaysia.

£14.00: UK
HK$98.00: Hong Kong
NZ$30.00: New Zealand
C$25: Canada
€18: Europe
US$18: USA

Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry has been published in Issue #8 of Cha.

Call for Submissions: Blackmail Press

Cha contributor Vaughan Rapatahana will act as guest editor for Issue #31 of Blackmail Press, one of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s leading online poetry journals. For the issue they are asking for submissions of original poems on the theme of marginalization, on being marginalized through one’s ethnicity, gender, age and so on. Closing date for this issue is September 15, 2011. Please submit to

Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry has been published in issue #8 of Cha.

Call for Submissions: Maori and Indigenous (MAI) Review Journal

Maori and Indigenous (MAI) Review Journal (poetry editor: Vaughan Rapatahana), an online magazine dedicated to the development of indigenous peoples, is calling for submissions of up to four original (i.e. previously unpublished) poems. Submissions are accepted all year around and poets are asked to register and submit online. 
Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry has been published in issue #8 of Cha.