Christina Sng

Poet, Writer, Essayist, Artist

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A Collection of Dreamscapes by
Christina Sng

2020 Bram Stoker Award® winner, 2021 Elgin Award runner-up, and 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award nominee, A Collection of Dreamscapes brings to life dark mythologies, fairy tales, a league of monsters, and a journey into the unfathomable depths of the human heart. This widely lauded follow-up to Sng's Bram Stoker award-winning volume, A Collection of Nightmares, has been described by reviewers as "a captivating collection that is not to be missed", "immersive, creepy, accessible", "a dream, dark and fantastic", "haunting, stunning, and poignant", and "a poetry collection every public library should own". Available from Raw Dog Screaming Press and Amazon.

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Tortured
Willows

In Tortured Willows, four Southeast Asian women writers of horror expand on the exploration of otherness begun with the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women. Like the willow, women have bent and bowed under the expectations and duty heaped upon them. Like the willow, they endure and refuse to break. With exquisite poetry, Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn invite you to sit beneath the tortured willow's gravid branches and listen to the uneasy shiver of its leaves.

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Last updated: 6 January 2022

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2017 Bram Stoker Award® winner, 2018 Elgin Award nominee, and one of LitReactor's Best Books of 2017, A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press) features a surreal dreamscape of seasonal creatures, bone carvers, listless gods, vengeful angels, post-apocalyptic survivors, and the end of all things good and evil. Available from Amazon and Raw Dog Screaming Press.

A Collection of Nightmares by
Christina Sng

2018 Elgin Award runner-up Astropoetry (Alban Lake Publishing) celebrates the wonders and mysteries of space in scifaiku and lyrical prose. On sale from Amazon.

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


Christina Sng is the two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Collection of Nightmares (2017), A Collection of Dreamscapes (2020), Elgin Award runner-up Astropoetry (2017), Elgin Award nominee An Assortment of Sky Things (2016), collaborative poetry collection Tortured Willows (2021), and haiku chapbooks A Constellation of Songs (2016) and Catku (2016).

Her poetry, fiction, essays, and art appear in such venues as Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Interstellar Flight Magazine, Penumbric, Southwest Review, and The Washington Post, and received many accolades, including the Jane Reichhold International Prize, The Pula Film Festival International Haiku Award, multiple nominations for the Rhyslings, the Dwarf Stars, the Pushcart Prize, the Elgin Award, and the Ladies of Horror Fiction Award, as well as honorable mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and the Best Horror of the Year.

Christina was one of the recipients of the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant. Her essay Final Girl: A Life in Horror received a 2020 Bram Stoker nomination for Superior Achievement in Short Non-fiction and her first novelette Fury made its debut in the award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (2020).

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AWARDS, REVIEWS, FEATURES, INTERVIEWS, APPEARANCES

1 January 2022: This was really hard to write but I'm glad I pushed through and did it. I looked back at 2021 and all I saw was fog. But when I waited, it slowly began to clear.

2021 taking my dad pretty much eclipsed every other terrible thing that has ever happened to me. Given the events of the past, that's saying a lot.

But we embrace the storm with the life-giving rain and as the sunshine slowly returns, I remember that there was also an abundance of good:

* I won my second Bram Stoker Award for A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES.

It received Second Prize in the Elgin Awards and was nominated for the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award.

I am so grateful to the nominators, the jury, and the voters.

Thank you to my publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press, my editor Stephanie M. Wytovich, and my publicist, Erin Al-Mehairi, for making all this possible.

Special thanks to Steven Archer whose hauntingly beautiful cover fully embodies the essence of my book.

* Thank you to the many reviewers who put A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES on their Best of lists and wrote kind words about it.

* A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES received a mention in The Washington Post and my poem "Concepts" was reprinted in it. Innumerable thanks to critic Ron Charles!

* I was awarded the Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant. My very first writing grant! I am so deeply grateful to Steve Stred, the judges, and the donors.

* My essay Final Girl: A Life in Horror was a Stoker finalist for Superior Achievement in Short Non-fiction. Thank you, Holly, for first giving it a home in Interstellar Flight Magazine.

* First mention in Kirkus Reviews of my poems in the phenomenal anthology Shadow Atlas! Thank you, Josh, Carina, and Hillary, for including my work in your groundbreaking project.

* I'm so grateful for my haiku's regular appearances in the Daily and Weekly Best selections at The Haiku University's Haiku Column. Thank you to Professeur Nagata, Mine Sensei, Chiaki Sensei, and my haiku colleagues and friends.

* Winning First Prize in The Pula Film Festival International Competition for Haiku Poetry and the Tokusen (Second Prize) in the 26th International Kusamakura Haiku Competition were dreams come true.

* My Crane sisters, Lee Murray, Gene Flynn, Angela Yuriko Smith, and I saw the publication of our collaborative poetry collection TORTURED WILLOWS: BENT. BOWED. UNBROKEN to rave reviews.

* A huge thank you to my Patrons on Patreon for your unwavering support. I am deeply grateful!

* Seeing my work in the many incredible and inspiring 2021 anthologies and magazines.

* I started studying again. It has been wonderful.

* Rekindled my love for chocolate.

* I returned to sea and loved it.

* Kindness and generosity from strangers, acquaintances, and friends through this difficult year.

* All of you -- my friends on social media -- your compassion and support have been monumental. Thank you for walking on this journey with me.

I wish for a world of good things for you: joy, peace, health, and your heart's deepest hopes and dreams.

May this year be one of light and love for us all.

30 December 2021: So lovely to see my interview with Gene Flynn at Horror Addicts today! We talk about the horror and mythology of my poems in our 2021 collaborative collection TORTURED WILLOWS.

26 December 2021: Lovely to have 2 haiku in the Haiku University's Daily Best for the 15th of December 2021.

neige lourde
pensant à papa

heavy snow
thinking of dad

hiver froid
la chaleur du four

cold winter
the warmth of the oven

23 December 2021: Thrilled to see my haiku mentioned in the Haiku University's Weekly Best and Commentary, curated by Francoise Maurice.

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open curtains
the sun follows me into the room

rideaux ouverts
le soleil me suit dans la chambre

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Le commentaire du juge: "Quelle belle image!" Merci infiniment, Francoise, pour cet honneur!

23 December 2021: Happy to receive Tokusen (Second Prize) in the International Kusamakura Haiku Competition this year:

pandemic numbers
someone's son
someone's daughter

20 December 2021: Happy to see my haiku mentioned in the Haiku Column's Weekly Best of 13-19 December 2021!

mon chat dort
rêves d'hiver

my cat sleeps
winter dreams

11 December 2021: Overjoyed to receive this beautiful book with my haiku featured inside. Merci infiniment, Mine Sensei!

chrysanthèmes
des ombres sur la tombe de mon père

chrysanthemums
shadows on my father's grave

2 December 2021: Tremendously honored to receive two Pushcart Prize nominations this year for my poems "Conversations with the Dead 1928" and "Conversations with the Dead 2028" from my collaborative poetry collection TORTURED WILLOWS!

Congratulations to my Willow sisters, Lee and Gene, for their Pushcart Prize nominations! Thank you so much, Angela. I am truly grateful.

30 November 2021: Happy to see my haiku featured in Haiku University's Daily Best for 28 November 2021:

winter solstice
my cat is fluffier

solstice d'hiver
mon chat est plus duveteux

27 November 2021: Absolutely blown away to see my very first mention in Kirkus Reviews.

"An array of talented authors elevates this collection with indelible prose. Christina Sng, for example, delivers a series of creature-laden poems based in Mesoamerica and South America. In "The Massacooramaan," she writes, "We reached Georgetown by morning. / It was empty / But for the dead bodies / Crisp under our Guyanan sun.""

My most grateful thanks to Josh Viola, Carina Bissett, and Hillary Raque Dodge for including my poems in their incredible anthology!

On SHADOW ATLAS:

"A host of sublime writers and settings create an entertainingly macabre collection."

24 November 2021: Tremendously honoured to win First Prize in The Pula Film Festival International Haiku Competition!! My most grateful thanks to the judges, renowned Croatian haiku poets, Goran Gatalica and Dejan Pavlinovic, and to the organizers.

19 November 2021: So happy to see my poems, "All This Rain", "The Dream Fields of Hell", "Heart of Darkness", and "All Are Welcome" in Star*Line 44.4. "All Are Welcome" was selected as an Editor's Choice!

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ALL ARE WELCOME

Everyone was mostly polite
Through their clicking sounds
And pincer-like arms

But we drew a line when
The alien couple decided
To have our brains for lunch.

Their banishment began
An interplanetary conflict
That turned Mars red

And ended the First Age of Man.

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LATEST RELEASES

6 January 2022: Happy to see my haiku in Haiku Dialogue on the topic of Ad Astra this week:

second chances
my children and I
on the space ark

6 January 2022: Thrilled to be a part of CHIRAL MAD 5 with my poem "The Infinite Lives of the Little Match Girl"!

3 January 2022: Lovely to see my first haiku of 2022 in the January issue of brass bell.

dark morning
still deeply steeped
in nightmares

30 December 2021: Happy to see my poem in this week's Haiku Dialogue on Ad Astra at The Haiku Foundation:

one day
we will be together again
stardust

23 December 2021: Glad to be in the latest edition of Haiku Dialogue's Ad Astra by The Haiku Foundation!

time dilating
past the event horizon
that first bite of chocolate

16 December 2021: So lovely to see my haiku in this week's Haiku Dialogue on Ad Astra, among friends.

freediving
I am adrift
in space

11 December 2021: Elated to receive my contributor's copy of the fantastic anthology WERE TALES with my poem "The Fragility of Birds"!

11 December 2021: Happy to see my story "One Dark Night" alongside the splendid work of so many friends and colleagues in the December 2021 issue of Penumbric!

8 December 2021: So lovely to be in the latest Haiku Dialogue with my poem about Dad.

as if
he was never gone
photo of dad at age 38

Many thanks to guest editor Alex Fyffe and The Haiku Foundation.

4 December 2021: Happy to see my poem "What's Left of Me" in The 2021 Poetry Marathon Anthology.

4 December 2021: Happy to be in this week's Haiku Dialogue on Ad Astra at The Haiku Foundation. Many thanks to guest editor Alex Fyffe for his selection and commentary.

no longer certain
of my place in this world
Pluto

From the outlier "Martian" of the ballet class, we move on to the outlier "planet" in the solar system. Like the planet itself, the word "Pluto" hangs at the tail end of the poem, isolated from the rest of the words -- perfectly placed to describe the feeling of uncertainty that Sng explores in this haiku. For the greater part of a century, Pluto was considered a planet -- I was taught that it was the ninth planet from the sun when I was in school -- but that all changed around the time my current students were born. Pluto didn't change, but our definition of a planet did, and now he's just drifting out there, a dwarf circling giants.

1 December 2021: Lovely to see my haiku in this month's brass bell:

late night
the cat and I
prowl for intruders

1 December 2021: Much gratitude to editor Roberta Beary for including my haibun "Clouds in a Deep Blue Sky" in the latest issue of Failed Haiku. It was so lovely and precious to document that special day.

CLOUDS IN A DEEP BLUE SKY
22nd November 2021, Lazarus Island

The soft sand feels familiar beneath my feet. It comforts, not frightens, this adult version of me, as the cool water holds me in a gentle embrace.

At age two, on a trip to Port Dickson, my first encounter with sand terrified me so much that I stayed indoors the entire trip, my mother recounts with great despair.

Now at age 49, I let my feet sink into the sand, melding once again with nature. I walk slowly into the deep and let the sea encapsulate me.

I float on my back, weightless, arms outstretched, a Vitruvian Man. Before my eyes lies the great expanse of sky, the world of possibilities.

For the longest time, I've disconnected with this world. But today, adrift in the sea, in complete bliss, I am, once more, one with the universe.

cloud cover
the embrace
of a mother

1 December 2021: Elated to be in SHADOW ATLAS with my poems "La Sayona", "El Culebron", "The Massacooramaan", "La Ciguapa", and "Yacumama". Thank you so much, Josh, Carina, and Hillary for including my work in your incredible anthology!

29 November 2021: At Interstellar Flight Magazine, I speak with a man of many talents, Mike Allen, who wears the hats of a journalist, publisher, editor, poet, and writer, on his incredible decades-long career, and his solo and collaborative projects that have been catching the eye of award committees and critics alike. Read A Man of Many Hats.

27 November 2021: So lovely to see my haiku in this week's Haiku Dialogue on Ad Astra at The Haiku Foundation:

orbiting me
as I wander the mall
tiny satellites

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