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Eileen Chong
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Posted 15.06.2020

UQP acquires Eileen Chong's new poetry collection

UQP is delighted to announce that we have acquired Eileen Chong’s next collection of poetry, A Thousand Crimson Blooms.

In this new work, Chong continues and extends her poetic practice of examining histories – particularly the personal, familial, and cultural – that make up our identities and obsessions.

These new poems display Chong’s signature light touch, managing to be lucid and deceptively simple, while grappling with complex emotions and themes.

‘I have long admired Eileen Chong’s poetry and believe this is her strongest collection yet. A Thousand Crimson Blooms ranges widely across themes of love, loss and bicultural life experience, and includes a number of superbly crafted poems on maternal grief – both as related to fractured mother–daughter relationships and to struggles with IVF. I am delighted that UQP has the opportunity to publish this talented and respected poet.’ – Aviva Tuffield, publisher.

‘I am very excited to be publishing my next book with UQP poetry. Poetry is my great love, and I feel very fortunate to be able to keep writing poetry at all. I have long admired the poets UQP publishes, and cannot believe I will soon join their ranks. I am particularly looking forward to working with the wonderful poet Judith Bishop as my editor, and with Aviva Tuffield and her team to produce A Thousand Crimson Blooms.’ – Eileen Chong

About Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet who was born in Singapore of Chinese descent. She is the author of nine books published in Australia and in the United States. Eileen’s work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including twice for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her new collection, A Thousand Crimson Blooms, is her first UQP title.