Eileen Chong

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Eileen Chong
Born1980
Singapore
OccupationPoet

Eileen Chong is a contemporary Australian poet.

Biography[edit]

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 an Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011-2012.

She was the poet-in-residence at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Bundanon Trust in 2016.

Chong’s first collection of poetry, Burning Rice, is on the New South Wales’ English syllabus (Advanced) for the Higher School Certificate from 2019-2023.

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.

Painting Red Orchids (single author poetry collection). Chong, Eileen. 2016. Pitt Street Poetry, Sydney, Australia.

Another Language (single author selected poems). Chong, Eileen. Foreword by Paul Kane. 2017. George Braziller, New York City, USA.

The Uncommon Feast (single author essays, poems, and recipes). Chong, Eileen. 2018. Introduction by Judith Beveridge. Illustrations by Colin Cassidy. Recent Work Press, Canberra, Australia.

Rainforest (single author poetry collection). Chong, Eileen. 2018. Pitt Street Poetry, Sydney, Australia.

Map-Making (collaborative limited edition hardcover book). Poems by Chong, Eileen. Photographs by Winfred, Charlene. 2018. Potts Point Press, Sydney, Australia.

Dark Matter (single author poetry chapbook). Chong, Eileen. 2018. International Poetry Studies Institute, with Recent Work Press, Canberra, Australia.

External links[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 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.
  • 2015: 'Cooking for One' longlisted for the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2014
  • 2015: 'Vantage' shortlisted for the Peter Poetry Poetry Prize
  • 2015: 'The Photograph in Australia' long listed for the University of Canberra's Vice-Chancellor Awards
  • 2016: 'Calf, Tree' shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize
  • 2016: 'Flight' longlisted for the University of Canberra's Vice-Chancellor's Awards
  • 2017: Painting Red Orchids shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • 2017: Painting Red Orchids shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
  • 2018: ‘Compass’ shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize
  • 2018: ‘The Numbers Game’ highly commended in the inaugural Quantum Words Science Poetry competition

Judging[edit]

  • 2013: Blake Poetry Prize (co-judge)
  • 2017: Newcastle Poetry Prize (co-judge)
  • 2017: Anne Elder Award (co-judge)
  • 2018: New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (co-judge)
  • 2018: University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize (longlist judge)