The Hong Kong Poetic Community: Ten Poets’ Experiences


  • Agnes S.L. Lam, Hong Kong


Because publishing is by definition a public act of creativity, the development of a poetic or literary community is inextricably tied to the development of individual writers within the community. This article attempts to delineate the Hong Kong poetic community through an analysis of the experiences of ten poets who are participants in the Hong Kong community. They were interviewed by the author from 2009 to 2010 as part of a larger study on Asian poetry in English (Lam, 2014). Using extracts from a book on that study, this article addresses how the community has supported the poet's development, how they in turn have contributed to the growth of the community and their resultant sense of poetic community. Four of them came from English-speaking countries and one from the China mainland while the other five were born in Hong Kong. While not all the poets had their initial publications in Hong Kong, they have all benefitted from support from Hong Kong. And regardless of their provenance, they have all contributed to the growth of the community in various ways. In terms of their identification, a whole range of communities, from the local to the international or virtual, were reported. This is consistent with Hong Kong's position as an international city with a Chinese centre.


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Author Biography

Agnes S.L. Lam, Hong Kong

Agnes S.L. Lam retired as Professor from the University of Hong Kong in 2012. Her representative works include: Woman to Woman and Other Poems (1997), Water Wood Pure Splendour (2001) and A Pond in the Sky (2013). Some of her poems have been translated into German, Italian and other languages. An Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa (2008), she was awarded the Nosside International Poetry Prize (Special Mention) in the same year. Her book, Becoming Poets: The Asian English Experience (2014), was published by Peter Lang in Switzerland.




How to Cite

Lam, Hong Kong, A. S. (2014). The Hong Kong Poetic Community: Ten Poets’ Experiences. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 8(2), 17–35. Retrieved from