Joy Al-Sofi is currently teaching at an international secondary school in Hong Kong. She is from the west coast of the USA and was a practicing attorney in both Texas and Oregon. Her poems have been published in The Asia Literary Review, Rain City Review, Oregon Poets Against the War, and The Portland Alliance newspaper. She also worked in the high tech industry at Intel. She was a theater reviewer for KNON, community radio and was also a sports writer for the Texas Woman’s News. She loves music, reading, film and classical Chinese gardens.
Suzan Alaiwan was born in Beirut in 1974 to a Lebanese father and an Iraqi mother. Because of the war in Lebanon she spent her years of adolescence in Andalus, Paris, and Cairo. She graduated in 1997 from the faculty of Journalism and Media in the American University of Cairo. Now she is living in Beirut. She writes poetry and draws. She has published ten collections of poetry since 1994.
Martin Alexander is a member of the Hong Kong Writers’ Circle and OutLoud, the poetry group. He is poetry editor of The Asia Literary Review. A collection of his poems, Clearing Ground, was published by Chameleon Press in March 2004. Martin won the SCMP Short Story Competition in 1999. He has had poetry and short stories published in Dimsum, The OutLoud Anthology, CityPoetry and Poetry Live! (Hong Kong); in The Vientiane Times (Laos); and in Akhbar (Egypt). Martin has been a featured writer at international literary festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore, Cairo and Guangzhou. The Kassia Women’s Choir performed Survive the Night, with music composed by Phil Tudor, in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in June 2005. He has a motorbike, a macaw, a murderous appetite for meat and a dream come true: reading with Seamus Heaney (at the 2006 Festival in Hong Kong).
Suzanne Allen is a native Los Angelina and recovering interior designer who was encouraged to return to the poetic tendencies of her youth by a shifting economy and the good sense of a few great teachers. As a returning student, she received her MFA in Poetry from California State University, Long Beach in 2007 where her translation of Hélène Cixous’ Un vrai jardin was published in The Translator’s French Quarter. The poetic novella and its corresponding philosophy continue to inform her endeavors in writing, translation, amateur photography and filmmaking, and in life. She teaches writing and conversational English and is working on her first book-length poetry manuscript. Her poems can be found in recent volumes of Spot Literary Magazine, Rip Rap, California Quarterly, Nerve Cowboy, and Pearl. A reluctant domestic, Suzanne enjoys sewing, crochet, baking, and all sorts of arts and crafts. She lives in Paris, France.
Celia Lisset Alvarez
Celia Lisset Alvarez is a Cuban-American poet from Miami, Florida. Her debut collection of poetry, Shapeshifting (Spire Press, 2006), was the
recipient of the 2005 Spire Press Poetry Award. A second collection, The Stones (Finishing Line Press, 2006) followed that same year. Poems from these collections are also in the anthologies White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood (Demeter Press, 2007) and Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008). Other stories and poems have appeared in the Iodine Poetry Journal, the Powhatan Review, Tar Wolf Review, Alba, Poui: The Cave Hill Literary Annual, zingmagazine, and Mangrove, and in the anthology Women Moving Forward: Narratives of Identity, Migration, Resilience, and Hope, Vol. 1. (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami and teaches at St. Thomas University.
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is founder and host of the three-time National Poetry Slam championship venue, NYC-Urbana. She is author of four books of poetry, including 2007’s Oh, Terrible Youth (The Wordsmith Press). Her most recent book is the non-fiction title, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft Skull Press). She has toured through the US and Australia, and enjoyed an extended residency with the Sydney Opera house. She lives in New York City, and when not writing, she can usually be found at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC’s lower east side. (www.aptowicz.com)
Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario. She earned a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto, and an M.A. from Harvard. She is the author of over 15 books of poetry, including The Door (McClelland & Stewart, 2007); Morning in the Burned House (McClelland & Stewart, 1995) which was a co-winner of the Trillium Award; Eating Fire: Selected Poems, 1965-1995 (Virago Press Limited, 1998); Selected Poems II: Poems Selected and New 1976-1986 (1987); Two-Headed Poems (1978); You Are Happy (1975); and The Animals in That Country (1968). Among her novels are The Blind Assassin (McClelland & Stewart, 2000), which won the Booker Prize and the Dashell Hammett Prize; Alias Grace (1996); The Robber Bride (1993); The Handmaid’s Tale(1986), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award; Bodily Harm (1982); Lady Oracle (1976); and The Edible Woman (1970). Her collections of short fiction include A Quiet Game: And Other Early Works (1997), Good Bones (1992), Wilderness Tips and Other Stories (1991), Murder in the Dark: Short Fictions and Prose Poems(1983), and Dancing Girls and Other Stories (1977). She is the author of four collections of nonfiction: Strange Things: The Malevolent North inCanadian Literature (1995), Second Words: Selected Critical Prose (1982), Days of the Rebels 1815-1840 (1977), and Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature (1972). Her books for children include Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut (1995), For the Birds (1990), and Up in the Tree (1978). Atwood’s work has been translated into many languages and published in more than 25 countries. Among her numerous honors and awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Molson Award, the Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award, and a Canada Short Fiction Award. In 1986 Ms Magazine named her Woman of the Year. She has served as a Writer-In-Residence and a lecturer at many colleges and universities. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto.
Viona Au Yeung
Viona Au Yeung was born and grew up in Hong Kong. Her family’s decision not to move to California gave her the chance to keep track of how people have lived and how HK has changed/ remained the same after its handover. This also allowed her to study in the Chinese University of Hong Kong for 3 years, during which she wrote her poems The Best Comfort and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Poem collected in CU Writing in English Volume V (2005), and her short story Mirror published in Volume VI (2006). She completed her MA in Romantic and Sentimental Literature in 2006-7 in the University of York, UK, where she also did some travelling and writing.
Freddy Pok Shun Au
Freddy Au Pok Shun is a postgraduate student of Education at The University of Hong Kong. He has a BA in English Studies and Translation. His interest in English began when he was in secondary school, three years after the handover of the sovereignty of Hong Kong. Comparing the English and Chinese languages has made him appreciate the beauty of each, and he believes Hong Kong is exactly the place where the best of both sides can be found. Freddy is a Buddhist, enjoys meditation and considers it necessary to live meaningfully. He would like to become an English teacher after completing his diploma, to continue his bonding with English. He enjoys writing fiction and feels his writing has a mixture of realistic and romantic tones.
Rawah Alfalah Badrawi
Rawah Alfalah Badrawi is an investment banker and freelance writer. She graduated with a B.S.c in Economics from Georgetown University and worked on Wall Street for several years before moving to London in 1998 and finally Cairo in 2001. Rawah is an enthusiastic traveler, constantly inspired by different cultures and lifestyles. The idea for Siwa: Lifestyles & Legends in the Egyptian Sahara originated after a special trip to Siwa in 2009. She was so moved by Siwa’s beauty, proud people, and advocates that she developed the idea of ‘giving back’ with her partners and sponsors, marking the start of her commitment to philanthropy and community service. Rawah lives in Sakkara, Egypt with her husband and three children.
Andrew Barker lives and works in Hong Kong. He holds a first degree in English literature, a Master of Arts in Anglo-Irish literature and a Ph.D. in American Literature. He has been published in journals in Asia. The poem here is part of an inter-connecting sequence of thirty-six villanelles
Kate Bernadette Benedict
Kate Bernadette Benedict is the author of the full-length poetry collection Here from Away (CustomWords, 2003) and the editor of Umbrella: Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose. (www.katebenedict.com)
Cecilie Gamst Berg
Cecilie Gamst Berg (a.k.a. Ah Sin) was born in the swinging sixties, grew up in the sad seventies, left Norway in the anal eighties and settled down in Hong Kong in the nightmarish nineties.
Realizing from an early age that she couldn’t be in or near snow, Cecilie ran away from Norway as soon and often as she had the chance, but circumstances and various countries’ harsh immigration laws always forced her to return to the land of the thermal underwear.
It wasn’t until the end of the eighties that she got the chance to settle in a warm climate for good. She currently lives in a somnambulistic village on an island in the South China Sea with her dog Piles, who speaks three languages and who – if he were a man who shaved religiously – would be one of the most handsome guys in China.
Cecilie is a keen cook of Sichuan food and a feared Chinese-poker player, as well as being actively engaged in the uphill battle of making Cantonese a world language.
This is her first novel.
Maroula Blades is an Afro-British poet/writer born 1964 in Southampton, UK. Berlin has been her home for fifteen years. She was awarded first prize for her poem “Dream Seeds” in the “Black History Month Poetry Competition 2005” in England. The poem was broadcasted on BBC Radio Norfolk (The Forum). She has been awarded six diplomas in the “Scottish International Poetry Competition.” Her poems have appeared in several German anthologies. Her Poetry/Music Programme has been presented on several stages in Berlin, the Planetarium amInsulaner, IFA, Der Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Humboldt University, Friends of Italian Opera, Volksbühne, Asian Pacific Week 2005 at Museuminsel and the Malaysian Embassy in Berlin. Maroula Blades also read at International Poetry Festival 2004. The Verbrecher Verlag published two short stories in 2004. A featured poet on the CD ‘Composed Poetry’ (Malaysianisma).
Susan Blumberg-Kason is a freelance writer and editor based in the United States. She spent most of the 1990s in Hong Kong, studying Mandarin and political science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. As luck would have it, she got into writing and editing a few years before the handover and hasn’t looked back since. She recently wrote the first guidebook to drinking tea in Chicago. Susan lives with her husband and two children in a quiet suburb of Chicago.
Cardiff born and bred, Fiona Bowen returned to education as a mature student and single mum—and never looked back. Tried a creative writing module at Cardiff University, and her love-hate relationship with writing began. Fiona taught English at secondary school, and now has a real desire to help improve literacy levels in Wales. She cannot imagine having gone through life not being able to read all the wonderful (and not so wonderful) things she has read! “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”—Ray Bradbury
Sarah Brennan was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and raised with her three siblings on the slopes of Mount Wellington among goats, exotic poultry, beehives and Tasmanian devils. She started writing poetry and stories for children at the age of seven to the tumultuous acclaim of her pet dog.
After studying law at the University of Queensland she worked for sixteen years as a lawyer in Brisbane and then London, where she spent her spare time writing seditious poems about lawyers which were published incognito in various law magazines, and stories for children which went promptly into a large plastic bag. Throughout her legal career, she would fantasize about running away to Ireland to work in a baker’s shop by day and write by night. It wasn’t until fate intervened and her husband was posted to Hong Kong in 1998 that she left her lawyer’s life behind.
After three years immersed in child rearing, Sarah began writing humor articles for the newly revamped Playtimes magazine. She also penned an agony column incognito as Edna Higginbothomne, Psychotic to the Stars.
She finally showed her plastic bag of stories to a publisher, and by August 2004, her first children’s book, A DIRTY STORY, was on the bookshelves in Hong Kong, followed by AN EVEN DIRTIER STORY in 2005, with the nauseous Neats and gruesome Grots doing constant battle in the famous district of Twinkle Downs. The books were an instant success and Sarah has become a popular speaker and reader on the school and bookshop circuit in Hong Kong.
But life as a mother in Hong Kong is too unique to remain unsung. After years spent listening to bizarre anecdotes, Sarah felt compelled to put pen to paper, and her first book for adults, DUMMIES FOR MUMMIES, was born.
Sarah lives with her husband, two daughters, saintly helper and a mad cocker spaniel in Pok Fu Lam.
Antoinette Brim teaches Creative Writing, World Literature, Composition and African American Studies at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She also teaches pedagogical approaches to the arts, humanities and ethnic studies to K-12th grade teachers through Pulaski Technical College’s Distance Learning Department. Additionally, she lectures and conducts special workshops on and off campus. Antoinette earned an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Webster University. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a Harvard University W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow. She is also a recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown (July 2007). Her poetry, academic and creative non-fiction essays have appeared in various journals, magazines and anthologies, including the newly released anthology, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta and the spring issue of The November 3rd Club online literary magazine and forthcoming issue of the Drunken Boat international online literary magazine.
Australian poet Pam Brown has published many books of poetry and prose including Text thing (Little Esther Books, 2002) and Dear Deliria (Salt Publishing, 2003). The latter won the New South Wales Premier’s prize for poetry in 2004. More recently, she collaborated with Seattlebased Egyptian poet Maged Zaher on a collection of poems called farout library software (Tinfish Press, 2007). She has two books forthcoming—True Thoughts from Salt Publishing and Authentic Local from Papertiger Media in 2009. She is the associate editor of Jacket magazine and is a contributing editor for the US-based Fulcrum annual. In a parallel life she lives in Hellbourg, La Réunion. In this life she recently relocated for a time to the Blue Mountains just to the west of Sydney. (http://thedeletions.blogspot.com)
April Bulmer is a Canadian poet who has published ten books and chapbooks. Her most recent book is The Goddess Psalms (Serengeti Press). She holds three Masters degrees in Creative Writing, Religious Studies and Theological Studies. Much of her work focuses on women and spirituality. She has been published in many journals including The Malahat Review, ARC, Prism international, The Anglican Thelogical Review, York University’s Canadian Woman Studies and Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Her work experience includes research at Maclean’s magazine and administration at TVOntario. Contact her in Cambridge, Ontario, two hours west of Toronto, at email@example.com.
Victoria Button, 32, is an Australian writer of fiction and poetry with a background in newspaper journalism. Her short fiction has been published in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Victoria won the 2003 South China Morning Post Short Story Competition, and was a runner up the following year. She recently relocated from Hong Kong, where she has lived for almost five years, to Los Angeles.
Michelle Cahill’s poetry collection The Accidental Cage (IP, 2006) was short-listed in the 2007 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in Callaloo, Meanjin, Jacket, Journal of Australian Studies, and forthcoming in Heat. She has edited a transnational collection, Poetry Without Borders, published by Picaro (2008), and is coeditor of the online journal Mascara (www.mascarapoetry.com). In 2008 she was the recipient of an ASA mentorship with the Australian poet Judith Beveridge, and a Professional Development Grant from the CAL to attend the New Delhi Poetry Workshop. Michelle has read her work at festivals and has presented research papers on migrant writing at the University of Queensland and at Flinders University.
Peter Cain got the idea for Tommy Tan, his first novel, many years ago when he used to go to late-night showings of Chinese films in London's Leicester Square with friends who were students from the Far East. As the cinema was right next to Chinatown, he believes they showed Chinese films so that the waiters from the restaurants, who finished work late, would be able to go and see something from home (usually Hong Kong). One animated film in particular, entitled "Monkey-God Meets the White Bone Demon", set Peter thinking that it would be an idea to use the monkey-god in conjunction with modern day characters. He had previously been aware of Monkey through a Japanese series which was shown on UK television in the 1970s, an adaptation of "Journey to the West". Peter then wrote Tommy Tan Time Traveller in the 1980s; he is amused that all the references to jobs being scarce and money being tight were as relevant then as they are now. Peter was living in the Isle of Man when he finished the novel, and had several locations on the Island in mind were it ever to be filmed. Strangely enough, the Island is now extensively used for filming (though not back then), doubling for locations throughout the British Isles, and for the Caribbean in a remake of "Treasure Island" with Jack Palance!
Writer and photographer Tom Carter was born and raised in the City of San Francisco and graduated with a degree in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C. Following a political career with a number of high-profile state and national campaigns, Tom decided to "peek over the fence" and subsequently spent 18 months backpacking down the length of Mexico, Cuba and Central America. Most recently, Tom has spent the past four years in the People's Republic of China and has travelled extensively throughout the country's 33 provinces and autonomous regions.
Tom Carter's work as a photojournalist and travel writer has been published in every major English-language periodical in China. He currently lives in Beijing.
Ann Cefola is the author of Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007) and translator of Hélène Sanguinetti’s Hence This Cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). Ann was the recipient of a 2007 Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute and the 2001 Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery. In addition to journals such as Confrontation and Natural Bridge, her work has appeared in Hunger Enough (Pudding House, 2004) and Off the Cuffs (Soft Skull, 2003). Ann holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and works as a creative strategist with her own company, Jumpstart (jumpstartnow.net). She and her husband, Michael, live in the New York suburbs with their two dogs.
Cecilia Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong. She is currently studying English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She likes to conjure moments which work magic before her, which are then sustained when they are reworked by words, and finally completed through writing, literally, on a page. Her work was published in Fifty-Fifty: New Hong Kong Writing (Haven Books, 2008).
Christina Chan is a young writer who likes to write most of her stuff while on the toilet. She sees purple people all the time but she can cope with it pretty well, since she can always hide behind her 6-foot tall rabbit friend frank when the purple people start to eat the bones in her fingers. She is a student at the University of Hong Kong (and was put on the Dean’s List this year for academic achievement!) and her greatest aspiration is to have her application for social welfare accepted when she graduates so she can get money without working and use it to buy bread loaves to feed the penguins in South Africa.
Mimi Chan received her early education in New York and Hong Kong. She read English language and literature at The University of Hong Kong and undertook research on Chaucer in Hong Kong and on Shakespeare at University College, London University. She taught English language and literature at The University of Hong Kong for over thirty years, retiring as a Professor, and has published extensively on Shakespeare, Chaucer, English-Chinese translation, stylistics, lexical borrowing and bilingualism. She has also published a book on the images of Chinese women in Anglo-American literature and co-edited a volume of essays on Asian writers writing in English. In 2000, she published her first work of historical fiction, All the King’s Women. She is currently Hon. Professor and Senior Consultant at HKU SPACE Community College. Mimi Chan is married and has a son and a daughter.
Monica Chan was born and bred in Hong Kong. She was educated under the British colonial influence, and has developed her sense towards the English language in a Catholic school. Possessing a passion towards the Chinese dance, she intended to study the performance arts after Form 7, but her parents urged her to go to Lingnan University for a “proper one” instead. She later completed two degrees on English Studies there, and is still dancing amateurishly. Monica has currently taken up teaching and is constantly amazed by her students for the inspirations they spark off on writing.
Lavinia Chang has a degree in business management and was a marketing executive in Melbourne, Australia. She has been doing freelance writing for the last seven years. Her articles deal with issues relating to women at work and childrearing. She also writes short stories and personal essays. Lavinia’s work has been published in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Jennifer S. Cheng
Jennifer S. Cheng is an MFA candidate in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She received her BA from Brown University and currently lives in a place where spiders fall from the ceiling and the air smells like nearby farmland.
Aurora Cheung graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a BA in 2005. Her majors were Translation and English. She completed the one-year Creative Writing course taught by Dr Page Richards of the English Department. Aurora is now a full-time student of The University of Hong Kong’s Postgraduate Diploma of Education (English).
Karen Chaulam Cheung
Karen Chaulam Cheung has just finished a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia, UK, and will be teaching creative writing at the same university in September 2005. Her publications include an interview with Monica Ali in the Asian Wall Street Journal and a play review in the BBC Blast website, Norfolk. Her first novel, People Mountain People Sea, is a detective fiction set in Hong Kong and Shanghai. She is working on her second novel and a collection of short stories.
Ching Yuet May
Ching Yuet May, associate professor of English in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is particularly interested in Anglo- American modernist poetry. She also enjoys reading Chinese poetry.
Ralph Chong graduated from The University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Arts in 2005, majoring in English Studies. He currently works for the Hong Kong Police Force as a Probationary Inspector. He is undergoing nine months of training with the Police Training School before officially commencing his duties and serving the community. During his final year of undergraduate study at The University of Hong Kong, he took a Creative Writing course taught by Dr Page Richards. On one hand, this course enhanced his creative thinking and writing skills; on the other, it provided him with the opportunity to complete his first piece of creative work. It is published here in Hong Kong ID.
Stuart Christie was born in dry, grassy country off the eastern headlands of San Francisco bay. He spent summers as a child along the lake that waters the cherry, peach, and apricot orchards of the Okanagan country. He studied for a long time and paid for it, by landing boats and pumping fuel for Native and Anglo-European fishermen cornering salmon herds running northward to die in the arms of the Fraser. He lived in Portland, Santa Cruz, Paris, and Philadelphia before coming to Hong Kong where his greatest joys are those he has found and made here.
Betty Jamie Chung
Born in Chungking, China, Betty Jamie Chung began her life as bombs were being dropped in the war capital. After the war ended, she and her family moved to Shanghai, and then to Canton. The Chung family eventually settled in Hong Kong where she received most of her formal education. Later, she received her Ph.D in Social Psychology from the University of Victoria in Canada. She now lives in Hong Kong.
David Clarke was born in South West England. He studied at University College London and the Courtauld Institute of Art (where he gained his Ph.D. in 1983). He has lived in Hong Kong since 1986, and is currently Professor in the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Hong Kong. Clarke has published extensively in the field of art history, and is also active as a photographer. His most recent books are: Reclaimed Land: Hong Kong in Transition (2002) and Hong Kong x 24 x 365: A Year in the Life of a City (2007).
Kristiana Rae Colón
Kristiana Rae Colón is a second-year MFA student at the School of the Art Instutite Chicago. She began writing and giving readings in Chicago as a teen and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. Publication credits include Contrary, Bare Root Review, Two With Water, and Blacklight. She is also a burgeoning playwright and experienced performer.
Chella Courington is a teaching poet at Santa Barbara City College. Her poetry appeared in Touchstone, Dark Sky Magazine, Prism Review, Studio and SUB-LIT. Her second chapbook entitled How to Teach Grammar was a runner-up in the Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition 2008.
Lorna Crozier’s books have won the Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Authors’ Association Award, and two Pat Lowther Awards for poetry. She has published fourteen collections, the most recent The Blue Hour of the Day. She has received two honourary doctorates for her contribution to Canadian literature, and her poems have been translated into several languages. Presently she is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria.
Nitoo Das teaches English at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She was born in Assam, India, and spent her early years there before moving to New Delhi for her higher studies. She received her PhD in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2004. Her interests include fractals, caricatures, comic books, murder mysteries, films and the study of online communities. Her first collection, Boki, is being published by Virtual Artists Collective and will be found in the bookstores in August 2008.
Edward Rodney Davey
Edward Rodney Davey was born and educated in England. He spent several years in Spain, France, Italy and Germany before taking up a teaching post at Hong Kong University. His creative writing has appeared in various literary journals, including Ambit, and a translation of his short prose pieces has recently been published in Germany. He presently lives in England.
Mio has had various adult short stories and articles published; however, her passion is in children's literature. She is currently working as a book editor and writer, having retired from her position as the Editor-in-Chief for two daily English newspapers for children. Mio is the Regional Adviser for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Hong Kong Chapter, and has had a middle-grade novel published, as well as several educational readers and four picture books.
Sally is a performance poet, actor and playwright. British by passport, she grew up globally and has lived and worked in Hong Kong for 19 years. Her poetry has appeared in OutLoud, PoetryLive!, Muse and the Asia-Pacific Writers Network. She loves to take her poetry from page to stage, and has performed at the Hong Kong Fringe Festival, OutLoud and the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival. She has directed four of her plays in Hong Kong, performed in many more, and is currently preparing her first poetry collection for publication. Professionally, Sally runs Dramatic Difference (a consultancy providing life/executive coaching, corporate roleplayers, and executive development programmes in communication & presentation skills, emotional intelligence and crosscultural competence).
Andrew Doig, as a fledgling author in Hong Kong with far more ideas than time to write them, took part in a writers’ group born out of a one-off workshop organized by the Hong Kong Writers’ Circle. A group of participants in this workshop went on to meet once every three months or so to consummately rip apart, berate and praise each others’ writing, an experience that Andrew found incredibly rewarding in the development of his craft. “Star Travel” was given a serious battering at one of these meetings, which helped to shape it into the story that appears here. Inspired by the input from the writers’ group, Andrew has gone on to complete a Creative Writing Masters at Glasgow University and is now seeking a publisher for his first novel, Wee Davy.
Carol Dorf’s poems have appeared in Feminist Studies, Heresies, Fringe, The Midway, Poemeleon, New Verse News, Babelfish, Edgz, Runes, Poetica, Responsa, The NeoVictorian, Caprice and elsewhere. She is a former editor of Five Fingers Review, and the Barnard Literary Magazine. She’s taught in a variety of venues including a science museum, and as a California Poet in the Schools. She now teaches at Berkeley High School.