In this online reading, Jennifer Wong read from her recent collection 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press), which has been named the Wildcard Choice for Spring 2020 by Poetry Book Society. Drawing from different cultural, historical and linguistic worlds, these poems examine what it means to be returning home, whether it is a return to a location, a country or to a shared dream or language. There will be a Q&A following the reading.
Before the poetry reading, from 12.30-1pm, we had a short welcome session where individuals briefly introduced themselves. We were keen to stay connected at this time of social distancing!
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jennifer Wong is the author of several collections including Goldfish (Chameleon Press) and a pamphlet, Diary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl (Bitter Melon Poetry 2019). Her latest collection, 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press 2020)—which explores the complexities of history, migration and translation—has been named the PBS Wild Card Choice by Poetry Book Society. She studied in Oxford and earned a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University where she works as an associate lecturer. Her poems have appeared in World Literature Today, Oxford Poetry, The Rialto, Magma Poetry and others. She also teaches at Poetry School and City Lit.