Cha Reading Series

Cha Reading Series takes the online journal out into the physical world. It brings together poets, writers, translators and artists who are in some way or other affiliated with Cha. Readings will take place in various impromptu locations across the city, in public and private rooms, lecture halls, on park benches, in front of billboards, next to a window scratched by tree branches. They will read their work informally or seriously. They will discuss issues, argue, debate and exchange. We also hope to form dialogue and explore specific pertinent topics that inspire or beset the contemporary world.

Proposals for future readings are very welcome. Please write to t@asiancha.com.

Venues include: 序言書室 Hong Kong Reader Bookstore, Hong Kong Baptist University’s Phonology LaboratoryCentre For Community Cultural Development 社區文化發展中心The House of Hong Kong Literature 香港文學生活館, The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s E-Zone, and CCCD Artspace - 碧波押 Green Wave Art.

(The Cha Reading Series Photo Album.)

divider 4{forthcoming} Nine Dragon Island: Eleanor Goodman and Lucas Klein
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Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Venue: tbc
FREE ADMISSION | ALL ARE WELCOME
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In this Cha Reading Series event, contributors Eleanor Goodman and Lucas Klein will discuss poetry, translation, and the writing of China—alongside readings from their recent and forthcoming books, including Goodman’s Nine Dragon Island (Enclave/Zephyr, 2016) and Iron Moon: Chinese Worker Poetry (White Pine, 2017), and Klein’s October Dedications: The Selected Poetry of Mang Ke (Zephyr, 2018) and translations of Li Shangyin (NYRB, 2018). Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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{forthcoming} Un-bordering the Border: Mariko Nagai and Collier Nogues
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Date: Friday 19 January 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Venue: tbc
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This Cha Reading Series event features Mariko Nagai, who will be visiting Hong Kong from Japan, and Collier Nogues. They will read about the idea of ‘border’, border-crossing, border within border, and more. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

Mariko and Collier

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When you Come to the Gates of Go
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Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Venue: 序言書室 Hong Kong Reader Bookstore (7/F, 68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “When you Come to the Gates of Go”, academics and translators Lucas Klein and Chris Song will each present and perform five poems of their own choosing, either in Chinese or English, which have been translated from another language. There will also be a discussion on poetry, translation and identity. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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Take Ten: Jason S Polley and Lian-Hee Wee
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Date: Monday 4 December 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue: HKBU Phonology Laboratory, Room OEM708, Oen Hall, Sin Hang Campus, Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong {information}
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In “Take Ten”, academics and poets Jason S Polley and Lian-Hee Wee will each present and perform ten poems of their own choosing. They will tell us the stories behind these poems and how their lives have been defined or inspired by these poetic works. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming. This is a collaboration between HKBU English Department and Cha Reading Series.

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Live from Hong Kong: Shirley Geok-lin Lim and James Shea
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Date: Saturday 2 December 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Centre For Community Cultural Development 社區文化發展中心 (L205-208, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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In this Cha Reading Series event “Live From Hong Kong”, world-renowned writer of poetry, fiction, and criticism Shirley Geok-lin Lim, visiting from America, will be reading with Hong Kong-based poet, translator and academic James Shea. Moderated by Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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Adventures in Poetry: Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers
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Date: Friday 1 December 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Venue: The House of Hong Kong Literature 香港文學生活館  (1/F Foo Tak Building, 365-367 Hennessy Road, Wanchai / 灣仔軒尼詩道365號富德樓1樓)
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In this Cha Reading Series event, Viki Holmes and Kate Rogers will be reading from their latest poetry collections, Girls’ Adventure Stories of Long Ago (Chameleon Press, 2017) and Out of Place (Quattro Books, 2017), respectively. They will also be sharing their experience of writing and life with Cha‘s co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

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Writing Poetry in/and Hong Kong: A Morning with Louise Ho, Tammy Ho Lai-Ming, Jason S Polley and Eddie Tay
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Date: Friday 24 November 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Venue: E-Zone, Chinese University of Hong Kong
FREE ADMISSION | ALL ARE WELCOME
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This is a collaboration between CUHK English Department and Cha Reading Series. More about CUHK Department of English Research Seminars: http://www.eng.cuhk.edu.hk/research.php?cid=3

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Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Venue: CCCD Artspace - 碧波押 Green Wave Art (G/F, 404 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
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In the first Cha Reading Series event, Joshua Ip, of Sing Lit Station, will be reading with award-winning poet Nicholas Wong, and Cha co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming and Reviews Editor Eddie Tay. They will be reading poems centring on the idea of ‘intimacy’.

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 08.53.55Photo of Joshua Ip by Jon Gresham

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