Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong


Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet who was born in Singapore. She has lived in Australia since 2007. She completed a Masters in Letters at Sydney University under the tutelage of Judith Beveridge. She won the Poets Union Youth Fellowship in 2010 and was the Australian Poetry Fellow for 2011–12. She was also a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship and commenced a Doctorate in Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney, but discontinued her studies after two years. Her first collection of poetry, Burning Rice, was published in 2012 and was runner-up in the Anne Elder Award 2012, highly commended in the Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013, and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2013. Her second collection of poems is Peony, published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2014. In 2014 two of Chong’s poems were shortlisted for the Secondbite Food Poetry Competition, with one poem winning a runner-up prize, and another poem longlisted for the University of Canberra's Vice-Chancellor’s Award.