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Eileen Chong is a poet based in Sydney, Australia. She was born in Singapore.

Her poetry collections are Burning Rice (2012), Peony (2014) and Painting Red Orchids (2016).

Chong writes about food, family, migration, love and loss. The Singaporean-Australian poet Boey Kim Cheng has said that ‘Chong’s work offers a poetry of feeling, rendered in luminous detail and language, alive to the sorrows and joys of daily living.’

Her work has short-listed for numerous awards, including the Anne Elder Award 2012 for a first book, the Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013, the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2013, and most recently, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2017.

Other notable awards she has short- and long-listed for include the Ron Pretty Prize 2014, the Australian Book Review‘s Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2015, the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor Award 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2016. Her poems are widely anthologised in Australian and international anthologies.

Burning Rice is on the New South Wales English syllabus in Australia as a prescribed text for the Higher School Certificate from 2019-2023.

She is also the first Australian poet of Asian descent to be published in the Braziller Series of Australian Poets by George Braziller in New York City in 2017. Another Language is forthcoming.

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