Christina Sng

Poet, Writer, Artist

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2017 Bram Stoker Award® Winner, Elgin Award nominee, and one of LitReactor's Best Books of 2017, A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press) is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Available from Amazon.

A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng

Astropoetry, nominated for the 2018 Elgin Award, celebrates the wonders and mysteries of space in scifaiku and lyrical prose. On sale from Alban Lake Publishing.

Astropoetry by Christina Sng

2017 Elgin Award nominee, An Assortment of Sky Things, is a poetic tour of the solar system and beyond in haiku and short poetry.

An Assortment of Sky Things by Christina Sng

Catku takes us on a whimsical life journey between a cat and its human, a tale woven with 21 haiku and senryu based on my life with beloved cats. A must-have for all cat lovers.

CATKU by Christina Sng

A Constellation of Songs, my first haiku collection, spans birth to death, illuminating the wonder and beauty of life in between. Available as a free PDF from the Origami Poems Project.

A Constellation of Songs by Christina Sng

Dark Dreams is on sale as an eBook at Smashwords. The amazing cover is by Brian Hurtt, artist and co-creator of The Sixth Gun.

Dark Dreams

Christina Sng is a poet, writer, and artist. Her work has been published in numerous print and online venues worldwide and garnered more than 70 awards and nominations, including the 2018 Jane Reichhold International Prize. She is the author of A Constellation of Songs (Origami Poems Project), Catku (Allegra Press), Elgin Chapbook Award nominees, An Assortment of Sky Things (Allegra Press) and Astropoetry (Alban Lake Publishing), and 2017 Bram Stoker Award® Winner, Elgin Book Award nominee, and one of LitReactor's Best Books of 2017, A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press).

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20 May 2018: Over the moon to discover that my poem "Sand Under a Microscope" has won First Place in Angela Poetry Magazine's Monthly Lighthearted Poetry Contest! It's my first time winning a prize for a contemporary poem so I'm really excited!

15 May 2018: Elated to have a half-page feature by Olivia Ho in the Singapore Straits Times: Poet Christina Sng is the first Singaporean to win the Bram Stoker award!

10 May 2018: Wonderful 5-star review of A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES by Nicholas Diak on Goodreads.

7 May 2018: Elated that my haiku "giving spring" has been selected as Editor's Pick for the Spring 2018 edition of The Cicada's Cry!

giving spring
another chance
rescued cat

2 May 2018: Jennifer Crow reviews A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES:

"If you like your poetry dark--but also like it with a heart and soul--this is a great collection. I love how Christina Sng blends creepiness with human interaction. So many of the stories involve the links between family members, especially mothers and children. It captures, with remarkable emotional effect, the desire to protect in terrifying moments and the fear that only loving someone can bring to us."

1 May 2018: My haiku "the gravity" is featured in Sonic Boom's anthology the arithmetic of sparrows: Best of Paper Lanterns (vol. 1):

the gravity of disrespect drain flies

29 April 2018: Blown away by Christa Carmen's wonderful 5-star review of A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES on GoodReads:

"Christina Sng's Bram Stoker Award-winning collection could therefore not be more aptly named. Sng's work elicits the same hypnagogic surreality you've felt infusing your prone and vulnerable sleeping form during a particularly terrifying omnibus of nightmares."

24 April 2018: 3 of my 2018 Rhysling-nominated poems "Starlight", Moonlight in the Playground", and "Little Red" are featured in Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi's blog for National Poetry Month.

14 April 2018: My haiku "raining again" has won First Place in the Jane Reichhold International Prize! Many grateful thanks to the ukiaHaiku Committee and the contest judge, Michael Dylan Welch.

raining again
the soft tapping
of my cat's tail

Comments by the Judge: "One of the hallmarks of a good haiku is the immediate sense that we've had the same experience, or that we've seen the same thing, feeling the emotions that go along with that experience. The poem validates our own experience as it seeks to honor the everyday extra ordinariness of life. We've all seen the soft tapping of a cat's tail, and may wonder what the cat might be thinking. Perhaps the cat is thinking exactly what we might be thinking, wishing it would stop raining so we might go outside again to enjoy the outdoors. The fact that it's raining again tells us that the cat's patience is being tried, as is our own during a rainy season. But the poem also offers a moment of contentment. It's very likely that the cat is content after all, regardless of the weather, suggesting that we might want to be content as well, no matter how much it continues to rain."

11 April 2018: Catku has been reviewed in Italian by Luca Cenisi.

31 March 2018: Delighted to be awarded 3 Haiku of Merit in the 10th Anniversary Edition of World Haiku Review in the categories Shintai (1) and Vanguard (2):

nettle season
learning nonchalance
from my cat

hung upside down
dried roses

loud echoes
still trapped somewhere
my poems in me

30 March 2018: With Fiona Mcvie at Author Interviews.

28 March 2018: My haiku "a caterpillar" was featured on haiku windows this week with a lovely commentary by Katherine Munro:

a caterpillar
in my window box
changing seasons

"Here we also have the idea of the changing seasons, winter to spring or spring to summer, most likely, emphasized by the entrance of a creature that will change itself. The setting of the window box also fits well--gardening and plants also follow a cycle, although humans often attempt to force their own ideas on these things..."

27 March 2018: The Bram Stoker Awards 2018!

5 March 2018: My haiku "monarch butterfly" earned 1st Place in the Caribbean Kigo Anniversary Kukai!

monarch butterfly
discovering how much
I have changed

4 March 2018: A Collection of Nightmares has won the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection!!!

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16 May 2018: Delighted to see my contributor copies of The Cicada's Cry, edited by the wonderful Joanne M Reinbold.

16 May 2018: 3 weeks of Haiku Windows:

window seat
a teddy bear
left behind

perched outside
the hospital window
a bird with all its limbs

seeing the world
through soap bubbles
first car wash

1 May 2018: "solitary journey" appears in otata #29.

solitary journey
of a leatherback hatchling
the space between stars

27 April 2018: Happy to be a part of the 2018 Earthrise Rolling Collaborative Haiku together with so many wonderful poet friends!

deep dive
into the rapids

25 April 2018: Conjuring up memories of the movie Sliding Doors in my haiku for this week's Haiku Windows:

spotting him
through the train window
the one who got away

24 April 2018: Thrilled to be featured in today's Haikuniverse:

cat fur
on the couch
one year later

23 April 2018: My poem "A Capacity for Violence" appears in The Ladies of Horror Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

18 April 2018: Happy to see my poem "first sight" featured in this week's Haiku Windows.

first sight
of her grandson
video chat

"Another example of what a difference this technology can make in our lives--it is much easier to connect with people, and communicate, than ever before, and this column could be considered another fine example of this as well..."

15 April 2018: In Chrysanthemum 23, my haiku:

another day
lost in what-ifs
death anniversary

4 April 2018: My haiku "all my dreams" appears in this week's Haiku Windows.

all my dreams
behind the envelope window
acceptance letter

3 April 2018: My black and white ink illustration "First Time on a Swing" appears in Star*Line 41.2.

2 April 2018: Happy to see my poem "Sunshine" in the children's science fiction magazine Spaceports and Spidersilk.

1 April 2018: My poem "The Girl Made of Electricity" appears in the limited chapbook I Don't Want to Play This Game Anymore.

1 April 2018: My haiku "spring wind" appears in Sharpening the Green Pencil: The Book of the 2018 Contest:

spring wind
a wall of ivy
waves to me

1 April 2018: Happy to be a part of John Martone's splendid journal, otata:

by all accounts
I should be dead
water bear

silent spring
another tumor
another day

my imperfect pitch

30 March 2018: My tanka in tinywords 18.1:

with each deep breath
I find more of myself
in this world
the scent of rose petals
after the rain

23 March 2018: Absolutely thrilled to receive my contributor's copy of Spectral Realms No. 8 with my poems "The Girl and Her Wolf Dog", "When We Fall", and "Memoirs in the Dark". Also, a gorgeous selection of weird poetry, an article on "Verse vs. Free Verse" by Frank Coffman, and in her exquisitely beautiful prose, Sunni Brock takes us on a breathtaking journey through the interweaving poems of A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES. Thank you so much, Sunni, for this incredibly wonderful review!

20 March 2018: "new stories"and "bone tired" appear in the Spring 2018 issue of Akitsu Quarterly.

new stories
woven by firelight
grandma's loom

bone tired
every day one twig
for the nest

15 March 2018: In this week's Haiku Windows and two from the last and previous weeks:

a rare glimpse
of mom crying
shaded windows

searching high and low
for the office cat
billowing curtains

waving to my daughter
from our tree fort window
second childhood

1 March 2018: "breakwater", "soaring eagle", and "crescent moon" appear in otata.

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21 May 2018: Haiku "misty dawn" was accepted for the Spring 2018 issue of Wales Haiku Journal.

9 May 2018: Senryu "teenage years", "comet trail", and "withering rose" were accepted for the upcoming issue of Prune Juice.

1 May 2018: My 100-word stories "Luci" and "The Future Conquerers" will be appearing in Drabbledark: An Anthology of Dark Drabbles.

12 April 2018: Haiku "old song" was accepted for the upcoming issue of Frogpond.

5 April 2018: Scifaiku "in perfect health", "gentlest quiver", and "meteor shower" were sold to Scifaikuest for their August 2019 issue.

1 April 2018: Fairy tale poem "Grandmother Red" was sold to New Myths.

31 March 2018: Fantasy poem "The Warrior Mephala" was sold to Star*Line.

25 March 2018: Two ink illustrations "Dreams of Flight" and "Preparing to Fly" were sold to Star*Line.

23 March 2018: Sold flash fiction "The Many Lives of Swan Everly" to Outposts of Beyond.

20 March 2018: "another day" was accepted for Chrysanthemum 23, Spring 2018.

10 March 2018: "giving spring" was sold to The Cicada's Cry, Spring 2018.

3 March 2018: "The Girl Made of Electricity" was sold to Unnerving Magazine.

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