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Tom Cho Tom Cho i(A12510 works by)
Born: Established: 1974 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Chinese
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Tom Cho graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Professional Writing) from Deakin University in 1995, and completed a PhD in Professional Writing at Deakin in 2009. He has worked in the fields of writing and publishing, including jobs as a technical writer, freelance journalist, freelance editor, and proof-reader. While he continues to do freelance editing, Cho's primary work is in the arts industry, as an artist and artsworker (particularly within the field of community cultural development). He has worked for organisations such as Melbourne Fringe, National Young Writers' Festival and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Cho has written poetry but now favours short stories. He has been published in Australia, USA, Canada, Japan, France and Italy. He also performs spoken word, makes a zine and has a blog.

Cho previously ran a venture known as Beaker, an organisation for developing and producing text-based art projects.

As a writer, Cho is interested in questions of identity and popular culture. (Source: Tom Cho)



Most Referenced Works


  • This author previously wrote as: N. Cho.

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Look Who's Morphing Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2009 Z1580990 2009 selected work short story (taught in 6 units)

Look Who's Morphing is a collection of bizarre, funny, often menacing stories in which, along with his extended family, the central character undergoes a series of transformations, shape-shifting through figures drawn from film and television, music clips and video games, porn flicks and comics. He is Godzilla, a Muppet, and Whitney Houston's bodyguard; the Fonz, a robot, a Ford Bronco 4x4 - and, as a climax, a Gulliver-sized cock rock singer, played upon by an adoring troupe of sexy Lilliputians in short skirts and sailor suits and cheerleader outfits. Within these fantasies there is a deep intellectual and emotional engagement, a fundamental questioning of the nature of identity, and the way it constructs itself in a world dominated by the images of popular culture. – From the publisher's website.

2010 shortlisted South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book
2009 finalist Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award
2009 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
y separately published work icon Peril : An Asian-Australian Journal Peril Asian Australian Journal; Peril : An Asian-Australian Arts and Culture Magazine; Peril : Asian-Australian Arts and Culture 2006 Melbourne : Asian Australian Journal , 2006- Z1299660 2006 periodical (32 issues) 'Peril is a new Asian-Australian website designed to build a critical mass of Asian-Australian art and cultural concerns. Our ambition is to have two core issues a year on the site with a forum board for people to chat and comment. Why Peril? From the so called Yellow Peril that labelled the wave of Chinese immigration in the 19th century. We are perilious and take risks but not in the way that the Pauline Hansons of the world think!' Source: (Sighted 23/8/2006).
2019 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Literature Arts Projects for Organisations $11,870.00

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