Eileen Chong

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Eileen Chong
Born 1980
Occupation Poet

Eileen Chong is a contemporary Australian poet.


Eileen Chong was born in 1980 in Singapore. She moved to Sydney, Australia in 2007.

She won the Poets Union Youth Fellowship in 2010 and was the Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011-2012. Her book, Burning Rice, was published in 2012 by Australian Poetry Limited in the New Voices Series 2012 and re-published in 2013 by Pitt Street Poetry. Her new collection, Peony, is also published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2014.

She has been mentored by the Australian poets Judith Beveridge and Anthony Lawrence.

Her work has been published in Australian and Singaporean literary journals from 2008 and has also been collected in various anthologies.

Selected Bibliography[edit]

Burning Rice (single author poetry collection). Chong, Eileen. 2012. Australian Poetry New Voices Series 2012, Melbourne, Australia. Reprinted 2013. Pitt Street Poetry, Sydney, Australia.

Peony (single author poetry collection). Chong, Eileen. 2014. Pitt Street Poetry, Sydney, Australia.


14 July 2011, 6 to 6.30pm with Justine Poon on 'Something Else' Podcast of interview can be streamed online at http://www.cpod.org.au/feed.php?id=308 (Last accessed 25 July 2011), or downloaded at http://www.cpod.org.au/download.php/6673.mp3

11 Dec 2013, Poets' Corner with Maisy Stapleton on Eastside Radio 89.7FM http://eastsidefm.org/2013/12/poets-corner/


Eileen Chong reads her poem 'Mid-Autumn Mooncakes' at the NSW Parliamentary Poetry Soiree 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsp5mWL40Wo

Eileen Chong reads at the Gun Club in Newcastle, 2 Oct 2011 as part of This is Not Art! festival. http://whenpressed.net/work/eileen-chong/reads-at-the-gun-club/

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  • 2003: British Council Gold Medal for Excellence in English Literature, Singapore
  • 2010: Poets Union Youth Fellowship, Australia
  • 2011: Australian Postgraduate Award for Doctorate in Creative Arts, Australia
  • 2012: Highly commended in the Anne Elder Award for Burning Rice, Australia
  • 2013: Highly commended in the Australian Arts in Asia Awards for Burning Rice, Australia
  • 2013: Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Poetry for Burning Rice, Australia
  • 2014: 'City Lights, San Francisco' shortlisted for Peter Porter Poetry Prize, but disqualified due to publishing conflict
  • 2014: 'Harbour' and 'Xiao Long Bao' shortlisted for SecondBite Poetry Competition, 'Harbour' won runner-up prize.
  • 2014: 'Painting Red Orchids' longlisted for the University of Canberra's Vice-Chancellor Awards.