Authors and participants
Adam was born in London in 1960. His father was born in Melbourne and met Adam's Thai mother on a business trip in Bangkok. He has published three books of poetry and is completing a novel for the Doctorate in Creative arts at the University of Technology in Sydney. He is also a member of the Literature Committee for Gallery 4A (Asian Australian Artists Association).
Born in Jakarta, Dewi now lives in Melbourne. She is the Australia Correspondent for TEMPO news magazine and newspaper in Indonesia. She writes in English and Indonesian and has published five books in Australia: three novels, The Root of All Evil, Parallel Forces and Journeys through Shadows; and a trilogy of novellas, Stories of Indian Pacific. The latest book, a bilingual collection of short stories, Neighbourhood Tales, was released in July 2001.
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As a vice president at W.W. Norton & Company, Mary served as a member of its editorial board and was responsible for acquiring, editing and publishing some 20-25 books a year, primarily though not exclusively non-fiction. Among the authors with whom she worked were Seamus Heaney, Kenneth Branagh, Kaz Cooke, Olga Masters, J.P. Donleavy, and Tom Keneally. Her contacts among leading writers, scholars, and journalists in the U.S., U.K., and Australia are extensive, as they are with literary agents and publishers in those countries and in Europe. Mary moved to Australia in 1998 and from July of that year to March 1999, was Non-Fiction Publisher at Transworld Publishers, a division of Random House Australia. The Mary Cunnane Agency (a literary agency) was established in April 1999.
Prof. Brian Dibble founded Australia's first three-year programmes in Australian Studies and also in Creative Writing. Now, virtually every Australian university offers one or both courses. Creative Writing graduates include Tim Winton, a winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Award and several Vogel winners. His own book of stories and poems, Analogues, was nominated for a Western Australian Premier's Literary Award, and sold out. His poems and stories have received major prizes, including Australia's largest poetry prize, the Cathay Pacific/Mazuchelli Award. Prof. Dibble recently finished a biography of Leonard Jolley (Elizabeth Jolley's husband) and is completing a biography of the famous Australian author Elizabeth Jolley. He has been nominated as Australia's best reviewer in the Australian Book Review. In this capacity he has judged every major poetry or short story prize in Western Australia. He has edited a number of Australian journals, the most prominent being The Australian Book Review (Melbourne) and Southern Review (Adelaide). He is also a long-time editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal, which the New Yorker once called one of the 10 best "little magazines" in the US. Additionally, he has edited numerous volumes of poetry.
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David is a director and producer. Two of his films 'No Worries', 'Blackrock' won the AWGIE, the Australian writers guild top award for feature film screenplays. He has also won best picture and screenplay at the Australian Film Industry awards, and has worked with Geoffrey Rush , Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe and directors of the calibre of Phillip Noyce, Gillian Armstrong and John Madden. "No Worries" was also the winner of the best film at the Berlin Film Festival.
Linda's latest book, published in Sept 2001, The Monkey and the Dragon: A True Story About Friendship, Music, Politics and Life on the Edge is a combination memoir and a biography of the Taiwan singer-songwriter Hou Dejian. She encapsulates the great cultural upheavals and political debates in China and Taiwan in the era of Deng and beyond. She is also the author of four novels, including the comic-erotic novel Eat Me, which has been translated into ten languages and published in Australia, the UK and US Australia, as well as the collection of essays Confessions of an S&M Virgin. Linda has also done numerous literary and film subtitle translations from the Chinese and co-edited, with Geremie Barmé the acclaimed anthology New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices.
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Mabel Lee (B.A., Ph.D.) co-edits the East Asian Series and the World Literature Series for the University of Sydney, is managing director of Wild Peony Press, and is a board member of the Sydney Writers' Festival. She is Honorary Associate Professor in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research publications focus on 20th century Chinese literature and history, and is now introducing contemporary Chinese writings to the English-speaking world through translation. Her translation of Gao Xingjian's novel Soul Mountain brought her international recognition when Gao won the 2000 Nobel Laureate for Literature. Her translation of Gao Xingjian's second novel, One Man's Bible, is due for release in September/October this year. Other translations include poetry by Yang Lian: Masks and Crocodile, The Dead in Exile and Yi, and Hong Ying's poems. In 2001 she was awarded the New South Wales Premier's Prize for Translation.
Originally from Mainland China, Ouyang holds a doctorate in Australian literature from La Trobe University, Melbourne. His English poems have been widely published in Australia, U.S.A., U.K., Canada and New Zealand, and his Chinese poems have been published in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and the U.S.A. He has three collections of English poetry published, Moon over Melbourne and Other Poems (1995), Songs of the Last Chinese Poet (1997), which was short-listed for the 1999 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, and Two Hearts, Two Tongues and Rain-Coloured Eyes. His first Chinese novel, The Angry Wu Zili, was published in December, 1999, by an underground Chinese press. He is now editing Otherland, the first and the only Chinese-English bilingual literary journal in Australia.
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|Zhao Chuan (Leslie)|
Leslie is Australian-Chinese currently based in Shanghai. His novella Mandarin Duck and Butterfly won the 15th Lian-he Wen-xue new fiction writer's prize in Taiwan in 2001. He is the recipient of the Asialink Literature Residency to Taiwan in 2002, Australia Council Literature Grant in 2000, Fellowship of Varuna Writer's Centre in Sydney in 2000. He also received other literature prizes in Australia, Taiwan and USA. His latest collection of essays Hai Wai: Ren (Overseas: People) was published by Shanghai Bookshop Press of Century Publishing Group in 2000.
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Jim was born in Hong Kong in 1949 and arrived in Canada three years later. He is a founding member and the president of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop. An editor and historian, his first book of poetry was Chinatown Ghosts, published in 1986. He has since edited Many-Mouthed Birds: Contemporary Chinese Canadian Writing and Swallowing Clouds: an anthology of Chinese Canadian poetry. He recently edited a history timeline: A Brief History of Asian North America.
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Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at Bristol University, England, David Brookshaw's specialist interests lie in colonial and postcolonial literary discourse, and he has written widely on Brazilian and other Lusophone literatures. His latest book, Border Gates: Perceptions of China in Modern Portuguese Literature, is currently at press. His anthology, Visions of China: Stories from Macau introduces the English-language public to the work of four Portuguese/Macanese authors.
Born in Ankara, Turkey, 1935, Moris Farahi is the author of the several novels: The Pleasure of Your Death (1972); The Last of Days (1983); Journey Through the Wilderness (1989); Children of the Rainbow (1999). His poems have appeared in many British, European and US publications and in the anthology of 20th Century Jewish Poets, Voices Within the Ark. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice President of International PEN. In 2001, he was appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for "services to literature".
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Anhua Gao was born in 1949 to high-ranking Communists and raised in Nanjing. At age 12 she was orphaned. Her parents were honoured by Chairman Mao as "Revolutionary Martyrs." She joined the army at 17 and served with distinction until being betrayed by a sister. An avid reader of English, she was falsely accused by State Security of being and "enemy agent" after finding her copy of A Tale of Two Cities. Only with intervention was she saved from death. Her memoir To The Edge of the Sky, written in English, tells her story. She now lives in England with two more books in the pipeline.
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Alice studied Sinology and German literature in Berlin. She continued to study Chinese literature at Sichuan University in Chengdu. Since her graduation in 1995, she has been writing for various newspapers and magazines articles about culture in China, especially Hong Kong and Tibet. From 1997-1999 she worked as an editor at a publishing house in Switzerland. After almost 20 years of experience in the publishing business including publishing several books on Tibetan and Himalayan literature, she started to work as a free-lance editor in 2000. Since 2001 she has been working as a literary agent (German and French rights) specialising in literature from and about Asia.
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Justin's work combines literature with modern social and political issues. He has written three books - two about China , A Bend in the Yellow River (1997); The Drink and Dream Teahouse (2001), winner of a 2001 Betty Trask Award. He is listed by The Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's top 20 young British Writers.
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Born in England, Hanif is the product of a marriage between a Pakistani immigrant and an English woman. He is the author of The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette and Rosie and Sammy get Laid. His most recent novel, published in 2001 is Gabriel's Gift. [ Author's Website ]
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Born in Switzerland, Yang Lian grew up in Beijing. He became one of the first group of young "underground" Chinese poets who published in the influential literary magazine Jin Tian. His poems became influential inside and outside of China in the '80s, especially when his long poem " Norrlong" was criticized by the government during the political movement "Cleaning the Spiritual Pollution". He became a poet in exile after the Tiananmen massacre and has continued to write and speak out as a highly individual voice in world literature, politics and culture. He has published seven selections of poems, two selections of prose and many essays in Chinese and has been translated into more than 20 languages. He is the winner of Italy's prestigious Flaiano International Poetry Prize and his collection Where the Sea Stands Still won the title of Poetry Books Society Recommended Translation in the UK, 1999, a contest of UK-published Poetry Books in English. His last publication in Chinese was Yang Lian Zuo Pin 1982-1997; his most recent in English is Yi, a book-length poem, and a collection of his poems translated into English by Brian Holton that will be published by Chinese University in Spring 2002.
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Christopher's most recent novel, The Road to Maridur, is set in India in the late 1970s. He is best known for his series of novels about the British experience in China, including the historical novel Shanghai set in that city during the first half of the 20th century and listed on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks. Two other novels with Hong Kong settings, A Change of Flag and A Chinese Box, comprise the China Coast Trilogy. New is a former head of the Department of Philosophy at Hong Kong University and now lives in Malta.
|David T.K. Wong|
David's most recent collection of short stories is Connections, Stories of East Asia. He has published two previous collections: Lost River and Hong Kong Stories. He was born in Hong Kong and educated in China, Singapore and Australia. He worked for many years in the Hong Kong civil service, retiring as one of the most senior Chinese officers in government. He is the founder of the annual David T.K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Britain. He is also the founder of an international prize for short stories run by PEN International.
Amit read English at University College, London, and completed his doctorate at Balliol College, Oxford. Later, he was Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the Faculty of English, Cambridge University. His criticism and fiction has appeared regularly in most of the major journals in the world, including the London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Observer, The Spectator, Granta, the New Republic, and The New Yorker. He has written four novels, A Strange and Sublime Address, Afternoon Raag, Freedom Song, and A New World. He has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia), the Society of Authors' Encore Prize for best second novel, the Southern Arts Literature Prize, and, most recently, the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, 2000. He is the editor of the Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature. His book of short stories, Real Time, is to be published in 2002.
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Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan), Sri Lanka, Iran and India. He studied at Oxford, after which he went to Egypt to do field work, which resulted in In an Antique Land. Ghosh published his first novel, The Circle of Reason, in 1986, and his second, The Shadow Lines, in 1988. His latest novel is The Glass Palace. [ Author's Website ]
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Fernanda Dias, painter and writer of Portuguese fiction. She published Horas de Papel (1992), poems and Os Dias da Prosperidade (1998), Short stories. Her first work in English will be launched in a collection at the Festival in the anthology Visions of China: Stories from Macau.
|Henrique de Senna Fernandes|
Henrique is an esteemed Macanese writer of fiction whose work has appeared in Chinese translation and made into films in China. His first work in English will be launched in a collection at the Festival in the anthology Visions of China: Stories from Macau.
|Carlos Morais Jose|
Carlos, who has lived in Macao since 1990, is the editor of the Portuguese newspaper Hoje Macau. He has recently also started Macao's only English-language newspaper, Macau New Times. His four published books are: Porto Interior (1992), A Colina da Saudade (1993), Caze - Um caso de ópio (1995), and A morte são 4 noites (1998).
Christopher is the author of four books of poetry, the first of which, The Naming of the Harbour & the Trees, won an Anne Elder Award in 1992. His most recent volume Republics was published by the University of Wollongong in 2000. Dr Kelen was a founder of Hong Kong's Outloud poetry readings and currently directs the University of Macau's Poems and Stories of Macao Research Project.
Agnes was born in Macau. She is a columnist, poet and current Vice President of Macau PEN. She has published several collections of poems and prose and is chief editor of New Generation magazine. She currently teaches broadcast and print journalism in the University of Macau.
|Lio Chi Heng|
Lio Chi Heng is a columnist and novelist, as well as Deputy editor of Literature Weekly in Macau Daily News. She has published several collections of prose, fiction and literary criticism on women's literature.
|Lam Chong Heng|
Lam Chong Heng is chief editor of the Features Section of the Macau Daily News. She is a novelist and has published several collections of fiction and other prose.
|Fernando Sales Lopes|
Fernando is a journalist and poet who has lived in Macao since 1986. He is the author of "Pescador de Margem", which was awarded the IPOR prize.
|Yao Jing Ming|
Yao Jing Ming, poet and professor, is the author of A Noite Deita-se Comigo (2001), and has organized and translated into Chinese the poetry of Portuguese contemporary authors Selecta de Poetas Portugueses Contemporâneos (1999), and was co-organizer and translator of the bilingual Anthology of Macau poets Antologia de Poetas de Macau (1999).
|Josue da Silva|
Josue is a journalist on the weekly newspaper "O Clarim", and a
Glenn Timmermans wrote his doctoral thesis on Irish drama and Greek tragedy at the University of Oxford, where he taught courses on James Joyce, Modern Drama, and Irish Literature. After leaving university he worked for the British Council and taught literature at universities in the Czech Republic and Poland. He has travelled extensively in China since 1994 and has been assistant professor of English at the University of Macau since 2001. He is working on a history of the British in Macao prior to the establishment of Hong Kong.
|Leow Puay Tin|
One of Malaysia's finest playwrights, Puay Tin's plays, most notably Ang Tau Mui, Three Children, Family, delve insightfully and incisively into the Malaysian psyche through the lives of individuals. These have been staged in Malaysia as well in Singapore. Her plays have also been performed at festivals in Berlin, Cairo and Adelaide. Writing in English (she is illiterate in her mother tongue, Hokkien), her plays present the Malaysian experience, and provide social and political commentary on the quiet. She writes in a form that reflects a deep-rooted South-East Asian sensibility, experimenting with chance, shifting voices and viewpoints, story-telling, songs and chants.
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One of the most promising of the younger generation of Malaysian writers, Dina writes exclusively in English and covers the gamut of genres - poetry, fiction, drama. In 1993, her short story "Philippa," was published in Skoob Pacifica Anthology, Vol 3. Since that time, her work has been published in Men's Review, University of Hawaii's Manoa, EAST and one of her short stories was short-listed for the Ian St James Award, UK in 1999. Currently, she is polishing her novel, Of Fish And Wishes.
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A graduate of the New Zealand Drama School with significant acting experience, in 1996 Jacob helped form the Indian Ink Theatre Company as a vehicle for writing and performing his own work. His play Krishnan's Dairy received a Fringe First Award at the 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where Jacob was also nominated for the Stage Award for best actor. Indian Ink's second production The Candlestickmaker premiered at the 2000 New Zealand International Arts Festival and was sold out three months before opening. Jacob is working on his third play The Pickle King.
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|Jose Y. Dalisay|
Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr. ("Butch") is Chair of English at the University of the Philippines. He is a prize-winning fiction writer, playwright and film scenarist. In the last two genres, he writes in Pilipino. He won a fellowship at the University of East Anglia in the U.K. to write a novel set in Asia. He has a masters degree from the U.S. and writes a regular Literature and Lifestyle column for, a national daily. "Butch" has edited and anthologized short fiction collections.
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Catherine has published nine collections of short stories, three novels and a book of poems. Two of her short story collections were used as literature texts for the G.C.E. examinations conducted by Cambridge University, and her novels are regularly used in universities and colleges. Her novels The Bondmaid and The Teardrop Story Woman have been published in many countries. Her latest novel Following the Wrong God Home was published in 2001. She was awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award in 1999, and an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by Murdoch University, Australia, in 2000.
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|Hwee Hwee Tan|
Her first book Foreign Bodies published by Penguin in 1997 was adopted as recommended reading. Mammon Inc, her second novel was launched in July 2001. Hwee Hwee has won numerous awards including the Ian St James Short Story and the BBC Novel of Distinction.
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Jake Needham is a screenwriter and novelist resident in Bangkok. His most produced English-language film was released by Columbia-TriStar and won the Gold Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival. Jake Needham's first two novels, The Big Mango and Tea Money published by Asia Books, a Thai publisher. In spite of their limited distribution, his books ranked among of the best-selling -language fiction in Asia in the 1990s. The Big Mango has been optioned for an American motion picture. Two new novels, Laundry Man and Killing Plato will be released by Chameleon Press in 2002. [ Author's Website ]
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Considered Thailand's leading English language writer, he was nominated for the 1990 Nobel prize for literature. Born to poor farming family in Napo, Thailand, in 1942, Pira travelled to Bangkok to become a temple boy, a servant to the monks, at the age of 14. He continued to study and won entrance to Thailand's top university, Chulalongkorn. His works include People of Esarn, Monsoon Country and Tales of Thailand. He now divides his time between England and Thailand's Northeast where he runs a number of projects to help his fellow villagers. [ Author's Website ]
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Robin is the author of five works of fiction and nonfiction, including NOLA: A memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness. His work has won him several awards including the Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from The Chicago Tribune, two Pushcart Prizes, and Story Magazine's Humor Award. Later this year he will publish his most recent work, Invented Eden, about a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. He teaches creative nonfiction in the English Department at The University of Utah as well as fiction and creative nonfiction in a low residency M.F.A. programme the U.S.
Born in England to Indian parents, Pico grew up in California. He now lives in Japan. He is the author of six books, among them, Video Night in Katmandu (1988) - reprinted more than 10 times, as has his second - The Lady and the Monk (1991), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in the category of Current Interest. His first novel, Cuba and the Night (1995), was bought by Hollywood. He writes regularly on literature in The New York Review of Books, on globalism for Harper's. He is a contributing editor to Salon, Conde Nast Traveler and Time.
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Alex Kuo who has been awarded the 2002 American Book Award for Lipstick and Other Stories, a collection of short stories published by local Hong Kong publisher (Asia 2000) and launched at the 2001 Standard Chartered International Literary Festival. This is the first time that a Hong Kong writer has won the American Book Award. Alex grew up in Hong Kong, where he attended King George V secondary school. He taught at Hong Kong's Baptist University in 1997/98 as the Visiting Lingnan Scholar and was an organizer some years ago of a forerunner to the literary festival. He is currently Writer-In-Residence and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultures at Washington State University. With more than 300 magazine publications to date, his recent books are Chinese Opera, a novel, This Fierce Geography, poems, and Lipstick. [ Author's Website ]
M. L. is the author of several books of poetry including Written In Rain: New & Selected 1985-2000 (winner of the Wayne State University Board of Governors Book Award for 2001 and finalist in 2001 Paterson Book Award) and Breaking the Voodoo & Other Poems. He co-edited a multicultural poetry anthology of Detroit poetry for the Wayne State Press entitled Abandon Automobile (nominated for a 2001 American Book Award). Liebler's poetry has been widely published in the U.S. and aboard. Much of his performance poetry, with The Magic Poetry Band, has been released on CD. He has taught literature, creative writing, Labor & American Studies at Wayne Sate University in Detroit, MI USA since 1980, and he is the Director of The YMCA National Writer's Voice of Detroit. [ Author's Website ]
|Shirley Geok-lin Lim|
Shirley's first novel, Joss and Gold was launched at the inaugural Hong Kong International Literary Festival in 2001. She has authored many books, including Crossing the Peninsula (1980), which received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, four other volumes of poetry: No Man's Grove (1985); Modern Secrets (1989); and Monsoon History (1994), as well as What the Fortune Teller Didn't Say (1998). She is also the author of three books of short stories and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces (1996), which received the 1997 American Book Award. Her co-edited anthology, The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women's Anthology, received the 1990 American Book Award. She is on leave as Chair Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong, and is currently professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. [ Author's Website ]
|Huang Bei Ling|
Bei Ling, a poet and essayist, is the founder and editor of Tendency, an exile literary journal started in late 1993 and published in Chinese. He is also Executive Director of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, an organization of Chinese writers and intellectuals based in Boston, Massachusetts and dedicated to the freedom of expression. In August 2000, Bei Ling was arrested for "illegally" publishing his journal in China. After a brief time in a Beijing jail and with the help of several important Western literary figures, he was released and expelled from China. Bei Ling's poetry, essays and book reviews have been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Chicago Review, The Harvard Review, Agni and Ploughshares. His poetry has been translated from Chinese into English, Japanese, German, French and Spanish. He was a recipient of the PEN Center US West 2000 Freedom to Write Award. Since 1995, he has received the Hellman Hammett Award (1995 and 2001), the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf Fellowship (February-June 1998), the German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (DAAD, October-December 1997) and Brown University's Critical Writing Program Fellowship.
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|David Wong Louie|
David Wong Louie was born and raised in New York and earned degrees from Vassar College and The University of Iowa. His short story collection Pangs of Love won the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award and the Ploughshares First Book Award. The novel The Barbarians Are Coming, a bestseller and Barnes & Noble "Discover" title, received the Shirley Collier Prize. One of his widely anthologized stories appeared in The Best American Short Stories series. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the National Foundation for the Arts and most recently the Lannan Foundation. Louie lives in Venice, California and teaches at UCLA, in the Department of English and the Asian American Studies Center.
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Arthur is a second-generation Chinese American and considered one of America's leading poets. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry, including The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 and The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Mother Jones, Conjunctions, and The Bloomsbury Review.He is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, three Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry Fellowships, and two Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sze directs the Creative Writing Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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|Tony Le Nguyen|
Australian-Vietnamese actor, writer and director, currently the Artistic Director for Vietnamese Youth Media.
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Jasper is the author of three books, The Lost Country: Mongolia Revealed - a travelogue - Hungry Ghosts - about the Chinese famine, and The Chinese. He is currently writing a book about Beijing and is Beijing bureau chief of the South China Morning Post.
Martin has lived in Hong Kong for nearly fifteen years and is an English teacher at Island School. He won the South China Morning Post Short Story Competition in 1999 and has had a poem and a story published in Dimsum. He has also had the impressive distinction of having had two poems published somewhere among the back pages of the Vientiane Times. Nine of his poems will be included in the OutLoud Anthology, which is coming out in April 2002. He usually has a couple of poems on the go and is working in slow motion on two children's novels.
Gillian specialises in Hong Kong biographies. The Golden Needle: The Biography of Frederick Stewart (1836-1889) presents the life of "the Founder of Hong Kong Education". Hong Kong Invaded! A '97 Nightmare is her creative edition of the long-lost 1897 future war fiction, The Back Door. [ Author's Website ]
The raconteur husband of Gillian, Verner, has collected some of his stories in Searching for Frederick and adventures along the way, a light-hearted and partly autobiographical diary of travels in the present and into the past. [ Author's Website ]
Kingsley Bolton is an Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong, where he lectures on language and society and world Englishes. He has published a number of books and articles on Chinese secret societies, Hong Kong English, and Asian Englishes. His book Chinese Englishes: A Sociolinguistic History will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.
Pauline was born in Northern Ireland. She teaches English at the Division of Language Studies, City University of Hong Kong and has lived in Hong Kong since 1985. She has performed in several plays on stage and radio, and reads her poetry at Hong Kong's Outloud poetry meetings.
Jane is a writer and one of the co-founders of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. Her short stories have been broadcast by the BBC World Service and published in literary journals. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing (Fiction) from Vermont College, Norwich University, USA, and is INREVIEW editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. Australian by birth, Jane has lived in Hong Kong and other parts of China since 1986.
Born in Paris, Julien Carbon studied music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he graduated in 1986 in Bassoon and Chamber Music. He then started to work with major French orchestras and toured around the world with chamber music ensemble "Josquin des Prez". At the same time, he published several articles as a cinema journalist, specializing in reports and reviews on Hong Kong and Japan film industries. Since '92, he has been a regular reviewer for French newspapers ("Libération") and film magazines ("Cinéphage", "HK Orient Extrême Cinéma", etc...). In 1995, his novel " L'Araignée de Yoshiwara" was published by Fleuve Noir. From that time, he began collaborating with long time friend Laurent Courtiaud on developing motion feature screenplays.
Evans is a critic, playwright, and one of HK's leading independent filmmakers, who is also based in New York. Chan has written four books, including two collections of essays: "The Last of the Chinese" and "From the New Wave to the Postmodern." His recent writings on Hong Kong cinema and his interview with Susan Sontag appear in the online journal Postmodern Culture. He has made three feature films, "To Liv(e)," "Crossings," and "The Map of Sex and Love," two documentaries "Journey to Beijing" and "Adeus Macau", about China's decolonisation and two plays "The Life and Times of Ng Chung Yin," and "The Naked Earth," based on an Eileen Chang novel. Both of which have had Off-Broadway productions in New York. Most recently Chan completed "Bauhinia," a DV feature about a troubled romance in post-9/11 New York.
Ming is the co-author of Sassparilla's New Shoes, written in conjunction with Wah, her identical twin sister who currently lives in Los Angeles. Besides children book writing, she has a day job as an executive at a for-profit education company which does study abroad and cultural exchange programs called EF Education. Ming and Wah are working on other collaborative projects including more Sassparilla sequels.
Born in Britain, Gavin came to Hong Kong in 1982 as a landscape architect. Since 1988 he has worked as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist and currently produces the daily editorial cartoon for the Hong Kong i-mail. His first book dedicated to all children under the age of 125, The Last Nut was published in 1991 and has been followed by seven other titles, mostly environmental stories including 1996 (Hong Kong) bestseller Pinky the Dolphin and The Power That May Be and The Search for Earthy's Best Friend. He has read his stories to thousands of children at Hong Kong schools.
Laurent was born in Limoges, France. In 1995, two of his novels, "Les Enfants du Sang" and "Les Voleurs de Vie", were published by a major French publisher. This started his move to a writing career and he then began collaborating with long time friend Julien Carbon on developing motion feature screenplays. In 1996, one of their scripts, "Psionics", was bought by Hong Kong director Tsui Hark. Julien and Laurent have since collaborated with Tsui Hark on many more scripts and stories. In 1999, they wrote the screenplay for the independent horror film "The Black Door", directed by Kit Wong, that premiered at the Sitges Film Festival. Laurent and Julien subsequently established themselves in Hong Kong. They have been working with some of the major figures of the industry, including such directors as Johnnie To, Gordon Chan and Wong Kar-Wai. In 2000, Laurent and Julien were rewarded for their script on Johnnie To's "Running Out Of Time", with a best Screenplay award at the Golden Bauhinias, and a nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Recently, they have completed the screenplay of the movie "The Touch", for Michelle Yeoh, directed by Academy Award winner Peter Pau. They are currently developing new screenplays for Michelle Yeoh's Mythical Films company.
Todd is the author, with Stephanie Forman Morimura, of Tokyo: City on the Edge, a literary profile of the world's largest city written in the Jan Morris tradition. His is also the author of Farewell, My Colony: Last Year in the Life of British Hong Kong, published by Asia2000 in 1998. A Senior Writer for 14 years with Asiaweek magazine, he is now an editor with Asia2000.
Prof. Gilbert C.F. Fong graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Afterwards, he taught Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Toronto and York University in Canada. He has written many articles on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and literary translation. Presently he is professor at the Department of Translation, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is heading a research project on the history of Hong Kong drama. He translated five plays by Gao Xingjian, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature, and published them in a collection entitled The Other Shore. He is also editor of the books Studies on Hong Kong Drama and Plays from Hong Kong, and the journal Hong Kong Drama Review.
Canadian by birth, Charles has lived in many places, including a stint in Beijing that coincided with the 1989 democracy movement. He wrote about the Tiananmen generation in Sketches in Winter, and continues to write regularly about China and other parts of Asia for newspapers and magazines. Charles has published six books of fiction and non-fiction. His latest, the novel House on Fire, is a metaphysical thriller set in Asia. He currently lives in Hong Kong. [ Author's Website ]
Peter Gordon is Managing Director of the Image Alpha Group, a technology and business development and holding company. Its book-related activities include Paddyfield.com, The Asian Review of Books (of which Peter is editor) and (part of) Chameleon Press, publisher of Nury Vittachi, Xu Xi and Jake Needham.
Lawrence Gray is organiser of the Hong Kong Writers' Circle. He has worked on various TV shows (The Bill, Paradise Club, Medics, Dracula, Yellowthread Street, Doc Chaos, The Bench Constant) writing episodes, script editing, and developing TV series formats. [ Author's Website ]
|Karl Taro Greenfeld|
Karl Taro Greenfeld was born in Kobe, Japan and grew up in Los Angeles. He spent his 20s working in Tokyo and Bangkok, as a newspaper reporter, magazine correspondent and freelance magazine writer, contributing to such magazines as GQ, Wired, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times Magazine and Men's Journal. His first book, Speed Tribes: Days and Nights with Japan's Next Generation was a non-fiction look at Japan's gritty and often violent subcultures of motorcycle gangs, computer hackers, porn starlets, drug dealers and junior Yakuza members. His next book, Standard Deviations: Growing up and Coming down in the New Asia is a first person account of working hard and partying too hard throughout the Far East. He is editor of Time Asia in Hong Kong.
|Louise Shew Wan Ho|
Louise Shew Wan Ho teaches Shakespeare and English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has given poetry readings internationally and has published poems in Australian, American, British and Canadian magazines. A collection of her poems, Location Habitation, was published in 1994 by the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, and Twilight Books. New Ends, Old Beginnings, a second collection, was published by Asia 2000 in 1997.
Elaine Yee Lin Ho is Associate Professor and Head of the English Department at the University of Hong Kong. She has B.A. and M.Phil degrees from the University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D in English Renaissance Literature from University College London. Her principal research publications are in Renaissance literature, contemporary Anglophone writing and postcolonial theory. She has also published articles on Hong Kong literature and film, and is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and the Advisory Board of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, and Fellow, Royal Society of Arts.
Brian was born in Galashiels, Scotland, grew up in West Africa, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. He was educated at Edinburgh University and the University of Durham. He later taught at both universities, as well as at Newcastle University and Ningbo University. He was also first programme director of the first ever postgraduate Chinese-English translation and interpreting programme in Europe, at Newcastle University. Currently Brian, teaches translation at HK Polytechnic University. He has translated Chinese literature into both English and his native Scots, and is currently working on the latest of several books of contemporary poetry by Yang Lian, as well as a collection of folk songs from the 17th century edited by Feng Menglong, and is planning to continue his Scots version of Shuihu Zhuan, under the title of Men o the Mossflow.
Performance poet Jam writes about herself: "HK returnee Jam Ismail kindergartened in Calcutta, B.A.'d in Pokfulam Road, studied in Edmonton, taught literature in Burnaby, sabbatical'd in Marble Arch, wintered in Valhalla, dyked across the Pacific, photographed 'Atlantis' (see Ackbar Abbas Hong Kong Culture & the Politics of Disappearance 1997), gardened in Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, Wall Street, Yang Ming Shan, & Barnt Green. Canadian publications include 'Sexions' (1984), 'From Diction Air' (1989), 'From Scared Texts' (1991), Jamelie-Jamila project (with Jamelie Hassan, 1992), 'Translit-' (1997), & 'Perch' (2001)."
Author and sometime journalist Annabel Jackson is best known for her writing on food and wine, but has been an authority on Macau for the past 12 years. She is based in Hong Kong but indulges herself with a house in Coloane Village, where she spends almost every weekend. Among her published titles are Macau on a Plate (Roundhouse, 1994), Hong Kong, Macau and the Muddy Pearl (Asia 2000), and Macau Gardens and Landscape Art (Asia 2000, 1999). She is currently working on her next Macau title to be published autumn 2002, a Macanese cookbook.
Jennifer was Promotion Manager at Alfred A. Knopf, the flagship imprint of Random House Inc., whose parent company is Bertlesmann A.G., the international media company. She was responsible for creating multi-media publicity campaigns and author tours for fiction and non-fiction titles published by Knopf. She has had the pleasure of working with such authors as Anne Rice, Michael Crichton, P.D. James, Peter Mayle, Joseph Heller, and John Updike, among others. Jennifer has recently moved to Hong Kong from New York.
|Mina Cerny Kumar|
Mina has recently come to the Hong Kong University Press as the acquiring editor for cultural studies and humanities. Previously, she worked in acquisitions at The MIT Press in Cambridge, Massachussets.
|Agnes Shun-Ling Lam|
Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Agnes left home at 19 to study in Singapore and then America. She is now an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong. She has contributed poems to journals such as Ariel, Commentary, Dimsum, Singa, Westerly, World Englishes and Yuan Yang and has published two poetry collections, Woman to Woman and Other Poems (1997) and Water Wood Pure Splendour (2001).
Leung Ping-Kwan has published 10 volumes of poetry, including the bilingual volumes City at the End of Time, Foodscape, Clothink. His new selection of poems Travelling with a Bitter Melon, will be published by Asia 2000 this Spring. "P.K." teaches literature and film at Lingnan University. He was writer in residence in Berlin in 1998, and a volume of poems "The Politics of Vegetable" had been translated into German and published in Berlin. Leung is also a fiction writer, and a collection of his stories in French translation, Iles et continents, was recently published by Gallimard.
Bey Logan is a Hong Kong based screenwriter and producer. He began his film-making career as a martial arts movie actor, moving behind the camera to script the action thrillers 'White Tiger', and 'Ballistic Kiss'. Logan joined Media Asia where he wrote and produced the best-selling documentaries 'Jackie Chan: My Story' and 'Jackie Chan: My Stunts'. Logan wrote the US$40m Jackie Chan actioner 'Highbinders' which is scheduled for international release in 2003. Logan is also the author of the book 'Hong Kong Action Cinema', a narrative history of the genre. He also contributes DVD commentaries for classic titles released on the Hong Kong Legends label.
David McKirdy is a long-time Hong Kong resident and car mechanic who writes poetry, rides (and builds) motorcycles and plays the drums. He is a key organiser of poetry events, including Outloud, and has encouraged many poets to their work for the first time.
Dino is a playwright, poet, broadcaster, theatre critic and academic. Born in London he has lived in Hong Kong for 14 years where his plays have been performed in English, Cantonese and Putongha. His work has represented Hong Kong twice in WorldPlay, an international festival of radio drama. His current adaptation of Gao Xingjian's play, Weekend Quartet is currently being broadcast by the BBC and other major world English broadcasting radio corporations. Dino writes Songbirds a regular radio youth soap opera which is broadcast every week on Radio Television Hong Kong. In 1994 he won first prize in the London International Playwrighting Festival with his play Yo-Yo.
|Lawrence Ah Mun|
Director Lawrence Ah Mun film career includes, 12 years after 'Gang's' release, 'Spacked Out'. In this most recent film he revisits a youth theme, spotlighting female counterparts struggling to develop their personal identities. While their lives revolve around karaoke and shopping, they also encounter more serious issues like sex and drugs.
Raymond Ng is an Australian poet, novelist and screenwriter of Malaysian Chinese origin now resident in Hong Kong. His novel 'Childhood's Journey' written under his Chinese name Wu Tien-tze, was launched at the first Hong Kong Literary Festival last year.
David Parker has published a novel, Building on Sand, and a book of short stories, The Mighty World of Eye. His academic interests include life-writing. He is Professor of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mani is a poet, author of Wingspan, Catapult Season, Living Shadows, The Last Beach and Salt. Mani is one of the organisers of the Outloud (poetry readings). [ Author's Website ]
Stephen was born in Northern Ireland and attended Trinity College in Dublin, where he studied economics and politics. He has worked as a banker and journalist in South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia. He is the author of a novel of the fall of Suharto, The Last Puppet Master, published by Asia2000.
| Karmel Schreyer|
Karmel lives in Hong Kong with her husband and daughter and works as a writer of educational materials for Asian children. She is the daughter of former Canadian Governor General Edward Schreyer, and uses her experiences travelling around the world with her father and on her own in describing Naomi's loneliness and wonder in a strange land far from home.
|Madeleine Marie Slavick|
Madeleine's books include Round-Poems and Photographs of Asia (Winner, Bumbershoot Book Award), Children of China and China-The Dragon Awakes. She has won three Hong Kong Arts Development Council grants for her poetry and photography, exhibited in France, Italy, Austria, USA, Singapore and Hong Kong. My Favourite Thing, an 11-country documentary project with Oxfam, will be translated into three languages. She is an organiser of two monthly poetry activities. Madeleine is launching 'Coloring Words' at the festival, a collection of her poems and photographs on color, with Chinese translations by the poet, Zheng Danyi.
Roseanne was born in Southern California, but has lived in Asia (Taiwan and Hong Kong) for more than 10 years. In addition to being one of Hong Kong's leading resident authors of children's books, she has worked as a journalist and teacher, and currently teaches 7th grade Language Arts and Social Science at Hong Kong International School. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary reviews in the United States and Asia, including American Studies Journal, Dim Sum, New Ways, Pototo Eyes, Lullwater Review, Louisville Review, Timber Creek Review, Transitions Abroad and she is currently working on a short story collection based on Chinese life and culture.
Michael is the editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and has worked for the magazine in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. He is the author of two books on Asian politics, one on Indonesia under Suharto, now in its third edition. The other, on Political Change in Southeast Asia, predicted in the mid-1990s that the region's transition to democracy would be messy and was uncertain. His recently published collection of short stories, Debatable Land, was critically well received. Born in the United States of Greek and Italian parents, he attended London and Oxford Universities. He has a Ph.D in Thai studies and is fluent in Thai and Indonesian.
Nury was "refugeed" out of war-torn Ceylon as a child. After settling in Hong Kong, he worked as a journalist, writing columns in the Far Eastern Economic Review and appearing on the BBC and CNN. He has written novels for adults and children, and is editor of Dimsum, an Asian literary journal. In 2000, he wrote the first of his critically acclaimed series of literary crime stories, The Feng Shui Detective, which is proving popular internationally. A sought-after public speaker, Vittachi has more than 100,000 books in print. His latest novel, The Feng Shui Detective Goes South, was published by Chameleon Press in 2002. [ Author's Website ]
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Hailed as a striking new voice, Annie Wang is a bilingual Chinese-American writer who divides her life between the U.S.A. and Asia. Lili: A Novel of Tiananmen (Pantheon Books 2001 Macmillan 2002) is her English-written debut which won critical acclaims, making her a rising literary star. A graduate from UC Berkeley, she won Berkeley Poetry Contest in 1996. She has written for USA Today, Washington Post, Time (Asia), The Daily Telegraph of London and has a weekly column the South China Morning Post. Author of six Chinese books, she started to publish at the age of 14. [ Author's Website ]
Denis is the author of several Asia-based thrillers which were published internationally in the late 1980s. His best known book was Fire Horse. After a return to the world of business, he has recently returned once more to publishing and is working on several new books, non-fiction and fiction.
|Merle Linda Wolin|
A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Merle is an award-winning journalist, nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, whose work over the past 25 years has spanned three different careers: fund-raising, publishing and journalism. Highlights include co-founding Mother Jones magazine, an award-winning monthly based in San Francisco; posing as an illegal immigrant to write "Sweatshop: Undercover in the Garment Industry," a 16-part series for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner; serving as a war correspondent in El Salvador and Nicaragua in the mid-1980s and, beginning in 1995, writing and producing "MoneyMoneyMoney," CNBC Asia's former top-rated personal finance program. Merle currently lives and writes in Hong Kong.
Daniel Wu is one of Hong Kong's hottest screen idols. Star of Purple Storm, Generation X Cops, and he is currently to be seen on the screen in Princess - D.
A native Hong Kong novelist now living in New York, Xu Xi has published five books of fiction, including The Unwalled City and History's Fiction. The South China Morning Post calls her style "arrestingly poignant." [ Author's Website ]
Vivian is a former university lecturer in Shanghai and a Literature Fellow of the New Jersey State Arts Council, U.S.A. She is the author of the novel Shanghai Girl (Xlibris: U.S., 2001; Suishobo: Japan, 2002, Japanese translation) and the nonfiction Status, Society & Sino-Singaporeans. She has lived in Hong Kong since February 1998. [ Author's Website ]
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