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Eileen Chong Eileen Chong i(A123102 works by)
Born: Established: 1980
Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
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Born and raised in Singapore as third-generation Singaporean-Chinese, Eileen Chong moved to Sydney in 2007, where she started on a Master in Creative Writing at Sydney University. She previously taught Linguistics, Literature and Drama, having trained and worked as a high-school teacher in Singapore. Chong won the 2010-11 Poets Union Youth Fellowship. Her work has been shortlisted for most of Australia's primary poetry awards, including twice for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

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Awards for Works

Compass "My mother lowered me into the water.", Australian Book Review , March no. 399 2018 single work poetry
2018 shortlisted Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Painting Red Orchids 2016 selected work poetry

'Eileen Chong’s new collection continues her exploration of the contemplative and the personal within subtly shifting contexts of food, love, history and culture. Lovers of her poetry will find much that is familiar and much that is new. Over the three volumes of work represented on this page the reader can map a transition from a precocious apprenticeship to a mature voice, through moments of light and happiness mixed with hints of grief and foreboding.

'As always her technical confidence and linguistic sophistication allow her to offer poems which appear simple on the surface, transparent enough to appreciate at a first reading and yet which contain depths and resonances which repay repeated attention and thought. Through this combination of beauty and depth, Eileen Chong commands a wide and devoted following.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Poetry
2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
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