Born and grew up in Hong Kong and now living in the UK, Jennifer Wong is a poet and translator. Her collection, 回家 Letters Home, published by Nine Arches Press in 2020, has been named a Wild Card choice by Poetry Book Society. She is also the author of Goldfish (Chameleon Press 2013) – which won the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) and a pamphlet, Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019).

Her works have appeared in Wasafiri, World Literature Today, Under the Radar, The Rialto, Magma Poetry, The North, Oxford Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Finished Creatures, Tentacular, Harana Poetry, Asian Cha, Voice & Verse, Stand and others. Her translation has featured in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Washington Square Review and Pathlight.

Her poems have been included in books of essays and anthologies such as Why I Write Poetry edited by Ian Humphreys, 100 Poems to Save the Planet (Seren Books) edited by Zoe Brigley Thompson and Kristian Evans, Wretched Strangers: Transnational Poetry anthology (Boiler House Press, 2018) edited by Agnes Lechózky and J T Welsch, Project Boast anthology (Triarchy Press) edited by Rachel Bentham and Alyson Hallett, The Birdbook: Saltwater and Shore (Sidekick Books, 2016), Eight Hong Kong Poets (Chameleon Press, 2016), Lung Jazz: Young British Poets (Cinnamon Press 2012), World Record: An Anthology (Bloodaxe Books 2012), Outloud Too (MCCM Creations 2014), Becoming Poets: The Asian English Experience (Peter Lang 2014).

She has reviewed poetry and fiction for journals including Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Asian Review of Books, Cha, Magma Poetry and others .

She was recipient of the Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2014.

Wong studied English at University College, Oxford and received an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She did a fully-funded PhD in creative writing from Oxford Brookes University on contemporary Anglophone Chinese diaspora poetry where she taught as Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing. She has also taught creative writing at Poetry School, Kubrick Poetry and City Lit. She was the writer-in-residence for Wasafiri magazine in 2020-2021. She is a visiting fellow at Oxford TORCH for 2022-23.

In March 2020, she started an online poetry reading series called What We Read Now, which features the works of emerging as well as established poets during the pandemic.

(Photo credit: Tai Ngai Long)

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