TAMMY HO LAI-MING


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OfficeTHLM studied at the University of Hong Kong, where she obtained her BA (First-class Honours) and MPhil. Her MPhil thesis, entitled Reading Aloud and Charles Dickens’s Style, explores how Dickens’s writing style was influenced by the practice of reading aloud. The thesis also discusses the interrelation between literature and linguistics (especially the concept of orality/aurality and iconicity) in prose fiction.

Funded by King’s International Partnership Scholarships (KIPS) and King’s College London Hong Kong Foundation, THLM completed her PhD studies on neo-Victorian fiction at King’s College London. Her thesis theorises the phenomenon of contemporary appropriation of Victorian literature and culture in terms of aggressive consumption and discusses the modern-day treatment of canonical nineteenth-century texts and authors.

THLM is also a poet, editor and translator. Her story “Let Her Go” won the Third Prize in The Standard-RTHK Short Story Competition 2005 and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (four times), the Forward Prize and Best of the Net Anthology (two times)—details below. To date, her work has been translated into Chinese, Filipino, Italian, Japanese, German, Portuguese and Vietnamese, while her translations of other writers can be found in Chinese Literature Today, Drunken Boat, Pathlight, World Literature Today, among other places. 

THLM is currently (January 2013-) an Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, where she teaches fiction, poetry and poetics, and modern drama (Email: tammyh@hkbu.edu.hk). In April 2016, she received the Young Artist Award in Literary Arts from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She is a founding member and a Vice President of PEN Hong Kong (beginning from May 2017).

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Academic Discourse in Literature. Appropriations and Adaptations. Biofiction. Contemporary Fiction. Feminist Writings. Hong Kong Literature. Iconicity. Intersection between Asian and Western Literature. Literary Afterlives. Literary Linguistics. Literary Translation. Modern Drama (including Neo-Victorian Drama). Neo-Victorianism. Poetry. Post-colonialism. Time in Literature. Victorian Literature.
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EDITORSHIP

  • Co-editor (with Michael O’Sullivan, Eddie Tay and Michael Tsang), Hong Kong Studies (2017- ), Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press. 
  • English Editor (2017- ), Arts Fanfare, Faculty of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.
  • Consulting editor, EDGE: HKBU Creative Journal (2015-), Department of English, Hong Kong Baptist University.
  • Administrator and editor, Agora (2014- ), Department of English, Hong Kong Baptist University.
  • Founding co-editor (with Jeff Zroback), Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (2007-), Hong Kong.
  • Co-editor (2008- ), Victorian Networka peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed online journal that was set up with a grant from the British Arts and Humanities Council.
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SELECTED PROJECTS

BOOKS

Single-authored

  • {forthcoming} Contemplating Literature and Politics in Hong Kong, China and Elsewhere (essays). Springer.
  • {forthcoming} Her Name Upon the Strand (stories). Singapore: Delere Press.
  • {forthcoming} Too Too Too Too (poetry). Singapore: Math Paper Press.
  • Hula Hooping (poetry). Hong Kong: Chameleon Press, 2015.

Translated

  • {forthcoming} The Unspeakable Body by Chen Xianfa. International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2017.
  • Song of the Shattering Vessels by Peter Cole (translated with Chris Song). International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2015. 54pp.

Edited

Anthology

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
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here for some recent creative/editorial/translation publications) (See here for a list of literary reviews and publications — updated last in 2012)

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APPEARANCES
(CONFERENCES / SEMINARS / PUBLIC EVENTS, etc.)

  • {forthcoming} Invited Paper (title tbc) to be presented at the Department of English Research Seminar Series. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Autumn 2017.
  • {forthcoming} Invited “Marvels of a City Evoked in Poetry” (keynote talk). Conference for Creative Writing Instruction. The University of Macau. 26 November 2017.
  • {forthcoming} “Twin Cities/Twin Cinema”. The Third Global Creative Industries Conference. The University of Hong Kong. 2-3 September 2017. 
  • {forthcoming} “Hong Kong Between Two Extremities”. (Im)possible Cities: The First International Conference of the Association for Literary Urban Studies. University of Tampere, Finland. 23-24 August 2017.
  • Invited Featured writer. Launch of Special Issue of Stand Literary Magazine, from the Writing Chinese Project, University of Leeds. The Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL) Biennial Conference “Text, Media, and Transcultural Negotiation”. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 23 June 2017. {programme} {photos}
  • “Writing the Hong Kong Ethos”. The Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature (ACCL) Biennial Conference “Text, Media, and Transcultural Negotiation”. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 21-23 June 2017. {programme}
  • Invited Moderator for “Pei Pei the Monkey King: A Joint Reading by Lo Mei Wa and Henry Wei Leung”. Kubrick Poetry Series. Kubrick BC, Hong Kong. 21 May 2017.
  • Invited “Pages, Sages and Rages”. Poetry, Philosophy, Politics: On Art & Education. National University of Singapore and European Graduate School. Singapore. 24-25 April 2017. {programme}
  • Invited Panellist at the panel “Careers in the Arts”. Hong Kong Art Symposium, Chinese International School. Hong Kong. 1 April 2017. 
  • Co-organiser of #WRITERSRESIST in Hong Kong: A Joint Reading. The House of Hong Kong Literature. Hong Kong. 15 January 2017. {introduction}
  • “Something Sets Us Looking For A Place: The Representation of Contemporary Hong Kong in Select Fiction and Poetry by Female Writers Published after 2010”. Backreading Hong Kong Junior Scholars’ Symposium. Lingnan University Hong Kong. 7 January 2017.
  • Invited Panellist at the 2016 Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Conference panel “Indie Publications in Asia-Pacific”. 26 November 2016. 
  • Invited Panellist at the 2016 Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Conference panel “Poetic Immersions”. 26 November 2016. 
  • Invited Panellist at the 2016 Hong Kong International Literary Festival panel “Tales from Hong Kong”. 13 November 2016.
  • Invited Panellist at the 2016 Hong Kong International Literary Festival panel “PEN Hong Kong: Why Now?”. 13 November 2016.
  • Invited Moderator for the “Creative Writing and Research” panel. Creative Writing in the Academy: An International Symposium. Hong Kong Baptist University. 11-12 November 2016.
  • Invited Panellist at the 2016 Hong Kong International Literary Festival panel “Lost and Found in Translation Part I”. 9 November 2016.
  • Invited “Can We Say Hong Kong?”. Paper presented at Academic Week, organised by Enamor — HKBU English Language and Literature Society. Hong Kong Baptist University. 4 November 2016. 
  • Invited “Hong Kong Narratives and Magazine Culture”. Writing Hong Kong Post-1997 Symposium. City University of Hong Kong and Wasafiri. 14 September 2016.
  • Invited “Poetic Politics”. Paper presented at A-FESTIVAL Conference (the panel “Poetics of the Personal: Poetry in its Communities”). Hanoi, Vietnam. 27 August 2016.
  • Invited Featured poet. A-FESTIVAL. Hanoi, Vietnam. 26-28 August 2016
  • Invited Featured poet. A Night of Poetry from Hong Kong. Tranquil bookstore, Hanoi, Vietnam. 25 August 2016.
  • Invited “Don Quixote and China”. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Book Fair’s panel “Quixotica and the Man of La Mancha: Cervantes 400 Years Later”. 20 July 2016. 
  • “Cultural Revolution in The Incarnations and The Red Violin“. Paper presented at The Cultural Revolution Today: Literature, Film, and Cultural Debates Conference. University of Hong Kong. 2-3 June 2016.
  • Invited  Featured poet and panellist at the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival (the panels “Poetry Around the World” and “Writing Place”) and the Suzhou Bookworm Festival (the panels “Agree to be Different!” and “Literature Across Frontiers, Part I”). 11-27 lifeMarch 2016. Beijing and Suzhou, China. 11-27 March 2016.
  • Invited Featured poet at “Life and Freedom for Ashraf Fayadh Worldwide Reading”. International Literature Festival Berlin. Hong Kong. 14 January 2016.
  • Invited “Poetry and Intimacies”: A discussion/reading. Kubrick Poetry Series. Kubrick BC, Hong Kong. 29 November 2015.
  • “Trauma in Contemporary Asian Poetics”. Paper presented at the Trauma, Memory, and Healing in Asian Literature and Culture Symposium. Hong Kong Shue Yan University. 26-27 November 2015.
  • Eight Hong Kong Poets launch reading. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong. 19 November 2015.
  • Featured poet at Poetry Night @ HKBU. International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. 18 November 2015.
  • Invited Panellist at the 2015 Hong Kong International Literary Festival panel “Four Poets in Hong Kong”. 7 November 2015. {short speech}
  • Invited Panellist at the 2015 Hong Kong International Literary Festival symposium “Short Works, Big Ideas Part II”. 31 October 2015. {notes}
  • Invited Reading at the LitStream Opening Ceremony, Hong Kong: Arts Development Council. 11 October 2015. {press release}
  • Invited “Now Now: On Writing Political Poems”. Paper presented at Ragged Claws Collective, Hong Kong. 10 October 2015.  
  • Invited Speaker at the Hong Kong Book Fair’s panel Latin American Writers Reading the World: Alejo Carpentier and Octavio Paz. 15 July 2015. [More information.]
  • Invited Hula Hooping launch reading at the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop. Dumaguete, the Philippines. 21 May 2015. [See a mention in The Philippine Star.]
  • Invited ‘Ghosts in the Machine: Poems and Photographs’. Paper presented at the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop. Dumaguete, the Philippines. 21 May 2015. [See a mention in The Philippine Star.]
  • Invited Foreign panellist at the 54th Silliman University National Writers Workshop. Dumaguete, the Philippines. 11-29 May 2015 (second week of the programme). [See a mention in The Philippine Star.]
  • Hula Hooping launch reading. Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong. 28 April 2015.
  • Invited “Octavio Paz”. A reading/discussion on Octavio Paz. The Kubrick Poetry Series. Kubrick BC, Hong Kong. 18 January 2015.
  • Invited “Contemporary Miniature: Interrogating the Verbal Representation of Images”. Paper presented at Academic Week, organised by Eminence — HKBU English Language and Literature Society. Hong Kong Baptist University. 18-21 November 2014. 
  • Invited “Hong Kong Poetry: the Personal and the Political”. Paper presented at the Celebrating Hong Kong Writing Colloquium, School of English, The University of Hong Kong. 17 November 2014.
  • Desde Hong Kong: Poets in Conversation with Octavio Paz launch reading. International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong Baptist University & Poetry OutLoud. 12 November 2014.
  • Invited Featured poet. Ten Poets Night. Department of English, City University of Hong Kong. 17 October 2014. 
  • Invited “Protest and Poetics”. Paper presented at Mirroring Ourselves in Pro-Democratic Movement Lecture Series, organised by Eminence — HKBU English Language and Literature Society. Hong Kong Baptist University. 7-10 October 2014.
  • “Stoker’s Authorial Vulnerability”. Paper presented at Victorian and Edwardian Lives and Letters. University of Hertfordshire and Knebworth House. 10-11 July 2014.
  • Invited “Contesting (Post-)colonialism: Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea and Three Neo-Victorian Rejoinders”. Paper presented at the School of English Seminar Series. The University of Hong Kong. 24 April 2014.
  • Invited “Betrayal, Mistrust and Contempt: Relationships Between Language and Identity”. Paper presented at The Script Road: Macau Literary Festival. Macau. 20-30 March 2014.
  • Invited “Bitter or Strong When Sipped, but Sweet when Swallowed: the Beginning of a Literary Journal”. Paper presented at Writing Asian Women: A Creative and Critical Symposium. Hong Kong Lingnan University. 14 March 2014.
  • Invited “From Bruegel to Selfies: Narrating Paintings and Photographs in Poetry”. Talk presented at L’Institut d’études Transtextuelles et Transculturelles (IETT). Université de Lyon. 18 December 2013.
  • “Neo-Victorian Asia?”. Paper presented at the NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA Supernumerary Conference. Venice International University. 3-6 June, 2013.
  • Invited “Asian Creative Writing in a Globalised World”. Paper presented at the Future of English in Asia: Perspectives on Language and Literature Conference. Chinese University of Hong Kong. 19-21 April 2013.
  • “Usurping the Victorian”. Paper presented at the British Association for Victorian Studies Conference 2012.University of Sheffield. 30 August – 1 September 2012.
  • “Book-eating Books: Tom Phillips’s A Humument and Neo-Victorian Fiction”. Paper presented at Eating Words: Text, Image, Food. Centre for Material Texts, University of Cambridge. 13 September 2011.
  • “The After-life of Jean Rhys’s Antoinette Cosway in Neo-Victorian Fiction”. Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference of Caribbean Women’s Writing. Goldsmiths, University of London. 24-25 June 2011.
  • “Dracula the Undead”. Paper presented at the Re-imagining the Victorians – 1901-2010 Conference. Leeds Humanities Research Institute. 18 September 2010.
  • “The Incorporation of a Victorian Celebrity”. Paper presented at the Re-Orienting Victorian Studies Conference (AVSA). Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 25-27 June 2010.
  • Invited “Taking Baths with Ski-suits on: Writing Poetry in a Second Language”. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Redbridge Book and Media Festival. London, UK. 30 April 2010.
  • Invited “Neo-Victorian Literature and the Canon”. Paper presented at The Shows of London Nineteenth Century Group, King’s College London. 1 April 2010.
  • “Crossing Boundaries: Neo-Victorian novels’ Negotiation of Past and Present”. Paper presented at The Abstract (“Fractures, borders and boundaries”). King’s College London. 24 March 2010.
  • “Evoking the Victorian Past: Journals in Neo-Victorian Novels”. Paper presented at the PALA 2009 Annual Conference. Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg, the Netherlands. 28 July – 1 August 2009.
  • “Gothic Neo-Victorian Novels”. Paper presented at the Ninth Biannual Conference of the International Gothic Association, Monstrous Media/ Spectral Subjects. Lancaster University, United Kingdom. 21-24 July 2009.
  • “Contemporary Victorian-centred Novels: A Comparative Study of Foweles’s French Lieutenant’s Woman and Byatt’s Possession. Paper presented at the PALA 2007 Annual Conference. Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan. 31 July-4 August 2007.
  • “Politeness and Conversations in the Two Alice Stories”. Paper presented at the School of English Research Seminar Series. University of Hong Kong. 1 December 2005.
  • “Reading Aloud and Dickens’ Aural Prose Style”. Paper presented at the Fifth Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. 17-20 March 2005.
  • “Dickens and the Other Reader”. Paper presented at the Victorian and the Other Conference (AVSA). University of Auckland, New Zealand. 9-12 February 2005.
  • “Dickens and Reading Aloud”. Paper presented at the School of English Research Seminar series. University of Hong Kong. 2004.
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AWARDS AND GRANTS (2013- )

  • Interpreting Hong Kong Poetry: One City, Two (Language) Systems. General Research Fund (HK$139,000). Research Grants Council. 2017-2019.
  • Twin Cities. Institute of Creativity Fund (HK$88,000). Hong Kong Baptist University. 2017. 
  • Incentive Award (HK$10,000). Hong Kong Baptist University. 2017.
  • Anglophone City Poetics and the Asian Experience in Hong Kong and Singapore (PI). Faculty Research Grant (HK$76,908). Hong Kong Baptist University. 2016-2017.
  • Hong Kong Arts Development Council Young Artist Award (HK$25,000). 2015-2016.
  • Language and Service Leadership (with Vinton Poon). Service Leadership Initiative Grant (a maximum of HK$171,000). 2015.
  • Start Up Grant for New Academics (HK$100,000). Hong Kong Baptist University. 2013.


TEACHING

Courses prepared and taught at Hong Kong Baptist University (2013- ):

  • The Art of Storytelling (2014)
  • Another Country: Literature, Place and Displacement (2015)
  • Dystopian Fiction (2015, 2017)
  • Genremorphosis: Texts and Their Afterlives in Other Forms (2016)
  • (MA) Global Modernisms
  • Honours Project (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Introduction to Literary and Comparative Studies (2014)
  • Language and Service Leadership with Vinton Poon
  • Literature and Culture (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Modern Drama (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Western Poetry and Poetics (2013)
  • Poetic Convergences: East and West (2016)

In 2003-2007, THLM tutored the following undergraduate courses at the University of Hong Kong:

  • Introduction to Language and Communication
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Narrative Prose: a Linguistic Investigation
  • Persuasion
  • Text and Discourse in Contemporary English
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SELECTED FEATURES, INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS AND MENTIONS

MEDIA CITATIONS

OTHERS

  • As Judge: Macau Script Road Literary Festival (March 2014), Hong Kong Art Symposium (April 2017)
  • As Blurber: Robert E. Wood’s The Awkward Poses of Others (2013), Kate Rogers’s Foreign Skin, Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Embracing the Angel (2014) and Do We Live In? (2015), Wawa’s Pei Pei the Monkey King (2016, translated by Henry Wei Leung from the Chinese)
  • “The Bookseller” (poem, 2016) — nominated by Radius: From the Center to the Edge for a Pushcart Prize.
  • “The Bookseller” (poem, 2016) — nominated by Radius: From the Center to the Edge for inclusion in the 2016 Best of the Net Anthology.
  • “Books As Wild Grass” (poem, 2016) — performed at the East of La Mancha: Songs Inspired by Don Quixote concert. Hong Kong: Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. 9 November 2016.
  • “The Space Between the Rain”(poem, 2015) — nominated by Blue Lyra Review for inclusion in the 2016 Best of the Net Anthology.
  • Lovers’ Conversations (co-written with Reid Mitchell) — Zoo Cake Press chapbook contest finalist, 2014
  • “The Biographer’s Notes” (poem, 2012) — nominated by The Normal School for a Pushcart Prize. 
  • “Peak District” (poem, 2011) — nominated by Willows Wept Review for a Pushcart Prize.
  • “Post Mortem” (poem, 2011) — nominated by The Journal for a Forward Prize.
  • “Elegy to a Brother Who Wrote Autobiographical Poems” (poem, 2008) — nominated by Boxcar Poetry Review for a Pushcart Prize.
  • “Let Her Go” (story) — second runner-up, The Standard-RTHK Short Story Competition, 2005.