Christina Sng

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2020 Features

16 July 2020: Lee Murray did the Graveyard Shift at Kendall Reviews and gave a wonderful shoutout to my books as well as this memory that still makes me cry:

"Next up, I'm going to dip into some dark poetry with A Collection of Nightmares by Singapore poet Christina Sng. Unlike Sng, I was seated at the Raw Dog Screaming Press table when this stunningly evocative collection won the Bram Stoker Award for poetry, and heard the thunderous applause. Deservedly."

Thank you so much, Lee! Your beautiful memory made a difficult month much easier to bear. And thank you for your incredible blurb for A Collection of Dreamscapes. I am over the moon every time I read your kind words.

"I hadn't thought it possible for Sng to improve on A Collection of Nightmares. I was wrong. In Dreamscapes, Sng shatters traditional storytelling and showcases her versatility as a master poet. Tackling odysseys, fairy tales, myths, monsters, and unspeakable violence, she wields words like 'a scythe making graceful strokes', paring her verse to sinew and bone. Not a word is out of place in this ground-breaking collection."

4 July 2020: Lovely to see my poem receive an Honourable Mention in the Fifth Annual H. Gene Murtha Senryu Contest!

never
trusting again
old shelter cat

A huge thank you to judges Michael Rehling and Brent Goodman for this honour.

4 July 2020: Elated to see this wonderful review of A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES by Scott T. Barnes in New Myths!

"Christina Sng is one of the most prolific and gifted speculative poets working today. A Collection of Nightmares won the prestigious Bram Stroker award. Her new work, A Collection of Dreamscapes is equally worthy of your attention."

2 July 2020: Over the moon to see this fantastic review of A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES by Kimberly Wolkens for The Ginger Nuts of Horror. Thank you so much, Kimberly, Erin Al-Mehairi, Jennifer Barnes, John Edward Lawson, and Jim McLeod, for making this happen.

"While there are definitely themes of war, destruction, death and dystopia, throughout the whole collection is an undercurrent of hope."

1 July 2020: Thrilled to be a part of the Ten Year Anniversary Anthology of Prune Juice - Journal of Senryu.

My most grateful thanks to editors Brent Goodman, Steve Hodge, Terri. L. French, Liam Wilkinson, and Alexis Rotella!

telling her I love her
every hour
dementia

#19 2016

broken
in two parts
before and after

#23 2017

peeling away
my many layers
navel orange

#26 2018

29 June 2020: Yesterday, I completed my first Poetry Half Marathon!! In 12 hours, I wrote 12 poems alongside participants from around the world. My most grateful thanks to Caitlin Elizabeth Jans and Jacob Jans for organising this wonderful event. It was an incredible experience.

26 June 2020: I wanted to share this slice of happy news! Today I did my first Insta Takeover on Instagram!

My most grateful thanks to Sing Lit Station for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful project.

I was honoured to read Charmaine Leung's breathtaking memoir 17A Keong Saik Road. Her elegant prose captivated me from the very first page.

It inspired my poem Mothers and Daughters, so beautifully recreated in images by the talented designers from Sing Lit Station.

A huge shoutout to Shalani Devi who walked me through making Instagram stories! While I panicked, she was a sea of calm and now I've learned a new skill!

16 June 2020: Much gratitude to judge Nadine Léon for selecting my haiku "missing my father" as one of Haiku University's Weekly Best 19-25 May 2020 pour le sentiment:

missing my father
the sun absent in lockdown

mon père me manque
le soleil absent durant le confinement

Mi manca mio padre
il sole assente durante il confinamento

7 June 2020: I'm over the moon! 4 of my poems have been nominated for the 2020 Dwarf Stars Award! :D

gentlest quiver
of her bedroom curtains
mother's ghost

within sight
before our engines died
Proxima Centauri

seeing stars
with my final breaths
hull breach

still can't decide
whether to go in or out
our cat hovers
by the entrance
of our escape pod

5 June 2020: It was absolutely lovely to be interviewed by the wonderful Stephanie M. Wytovich whose work so greatly inspires. Catch Into the Dreamscape: An Interview with Christina Sng at her Madhouse today!

26 May 2020: This fantastic review of A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES absolutely made my day: A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES IS A THING OF BEAUTY AND POWER THAT'S AVAILABLE NOW FROM RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS!

"Hot off the Raw Dog Screaming Press, this collection is going to turn what we learned as children upside down by empowering those who've been victims in fairy tales and mythology. By fixing our near gospel stories into positive tales, Sng is opening a new chapter in a brand-new world." --Damaged Skull Writer

25 May 2020: Thank you, Sadie Colleen Hartmann, for being a tireless champion of women in horror, and for your incredible scholarship and writing. Thank you for this wonderful list of Women in Horror! I am truly honoured to be a part of it alongside my many friends and colleagues whose work I admire so much.

24 May 2020: Overjoyed to see my poem "Together" featured in The Fox Poetry Box!

15 May 2020: My poem "Allegra" is featured in the wonderful Erin Al-Mehairi's #HookedonPoetry Project in partnership with Kendall Reviews.

8 May 2020: It was wonderful reading my poems from A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES in Part II of The Outer Dark Quarantine Reading series, hosted by the fabulous Anya Martin, alongside my wonderful friend Mike Allen who read excerpts from his new books AFTERMATH OF AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT and A SINISTER QUARTET! The episode also features Gordon B. White's review of Mike Griffin's novella ARMAGEDDON HOUSE.

5 May 2020: Elated to see this fantastic review Closing out National Poetry Month with Horror Poetry by Readers' Advisor Becky Spratford and my interview with poetry legend Linda Addison!

"A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES by Christina Sng is a poetry collection every public library should own." --Becky Spratford, Readers' Advisor, MLIS

5 May 2020: Overjoyed to see this 5 star National Poetry Month review of A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES!

"The poetry is lovely -- written in a variety of styles, and covering a variety of horror-related topics -- these two things combined keeps every page feeling fresh and fascinating. This is a great read by a massively talented poet." --Angie at Mediadrome

2 May 2020: My haiku "lockdown week one" has been selected as one of Haiku University's Weekly Best from 13-20 April 2020!

lockdown week one
the cat sleeps in

16 April 2020: Happy Book Birthday to A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES!!

Truly one of the highlights of my life and definitely one of my happiest: meeting Linda D Addison and spending a marvellous hour talking with her about poetry, mythology, writing, and A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES! A huge thank you to my wonderful publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press for this fantastic launch and interview, and for uploading the videos of my reading and the interview onto YouTube:

Linda Addison Interviews Christina Sng
Poetry Reading by Christina Sng

Ordering information: http://rawdogscreaming.com/books/a-collection-of-dreamscapes/

A Collection of Dreamscapes by Christina Sng

I'm overjoyed to read the many reviews that have come in and have added a selection to the Books page.

Here are a few:

"A Collection of Dreamscapes is exactly what I have come to expect from Christina: full of heart, personal, and powerful while opening up her view of the world to include a variety of different lenses and angles of approach."--Anton Cancre, Author and Reviewer

"Three words that describe this book: immersive, creepy, accessible. If you like the short stories of Carmen Maria Machado, you also need to try Sng." --Becky Spratford, Readers' Advisor

"This book reads like a dream, dark and fantastic. Danger in a sort of soft packaging. Multiple subtle brushes of the knife, no less deadly than the full on stab."--Well Read Beard, Reviewer

"The words on these pages are beautiful beyond measure, but they will also haunt you long after your close the cover."--Amanda Turner, Reviewer

"Christina Sng has done it again with beautifully haunting poetry that will immerse you in a waking dream."--Jackie Cowgill, Reviewer

"...truly an enchanting collection that you do not want to miss this year."--Sara Tantlinger, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil's Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes

"I loved this and it's going straight to my Keeper Shelf."--Yolanda Sfetsos, Reviewer

"Beautifully written poems reaching into the depths of darkness and pulling out the fleshy beating heart of our souls."--Intellectual Magpie, Reviewer

13 April 2020: Elated to see Anton Cancre's wonderful review of my upcoming book of poems A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES. Thank you so much, Anton!

"One of the things Christina has become known for is her ability to craft entrancing stories full of depth and meaning within her poems. She has this knack for giving the reader just enough on the page to build the images and plot in their head, while leaving enough unsaid that it is not dictated for the reader."

"A Collection of Dreamscapes is exactly what I have come to expect from Christina: full of heart, personal, and powerful while opening up her view of the world to include a variety of different lenses and angles of approach."

Read the full review here.

8 March 2020: The first review of A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES is in!!

"This is a fantastic book of poetry that doesn't shy away from true monsters or the many found in myths. The imagery touches the wonderment of fairy tales, the intrigue of myth and our interest in future worlds." --Yolanda Sfetsos

4 March 2020: My poems "Reparation", "Styx", and "In the End, Only the Gods" have been nominated for the 2020 Rhysling Awards in the Short Poem and Long Poem categories! My most grateful thanks to everyone who nominated my work and to the wonderful editors who gave them a home.

1 March 2020: A lovely conversation with Tammy Walker on Luna Station Quarterly about my book ASTROPOETRY in Conversations with Speculative Poets: Christina Sng.

20 February 2020: My most grateful thanks to the incredible Sadie Colleen Hartmann for her wonderful review of A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES and this breathtakingly beautiful photograph. Her lovely words made my day! Read the full review here.

20 February 2020: Happy to be mentioned in my publisher Jennifer Barnes' article: Burning Bright: How Women Poets Conquered Horror Poetry.

30 January 2020: Thrilled to be featured in LADIES WRITING HORROR FICTION YOU NEED TO READ ASAP.

13 January 2020: Elated to see my scifaiku featured on The Haiku Foundation's Per Diem: Daily Haiku for January 2020 today, curated by Julie Bloss Kelsey.

12 January 2020: Over the moon to see A COLLECTION OF NIGHTMARES amongst reviewer Cassie Lola Daley's 6 favourite poetry collections, alongside Claire C. Holland's I AM NOT YOUR FINAL GIRL, Sara Tantlinger's LOVE FOR SLAUGHTER, Stephanie M. Wytovich's THE APOCALYPTIC MANNEQUIN, Donna Lynch's CHOKING BACK THE DEVIL, and Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi's BREATHE.BREATHE. Read 6 COLLECTIONS OF HORROR POETRY THAT I LOVE. Thank you so much, Cassie! :D

8 January 2020: My haiku "the half-life" was selected for inclusion in leaning into reeds: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2019.

the half-life
of painkillers
autumn branches

6 January 2020: Honoured to see my haiku receive a mention in the Haiku University's Weekly Best as selected and translated by judge Nadine Leon. Thank you so much, Nadine! Merci beaucoup!

promises broken again
the drifting snowflakes dissipate

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2020 Releases

25 July 2020: I'm so happy to see my poem "Incantation" in this month's Ladies of Horror Flash Project!

22 July 2020: Glad to see my 2 tanka included in tanka 2020: poems from today's world:

unable to sleep
I rescue leaf cuttings
and propagate them
the future feels
an iota brighter

learning to cherish
every moment
with the ones I love
how long do we have
left on this dying world

Thank you so much, Susan Burch, Alexis Rotella, and the editors who selected my work for this timely Red Moon Press anthology.

9 July 2020: Thrilled to be in Star*Line 43.3 with a cherita "The Joy of Travelling" and a scifaiku "android apocalypse".

THE JOY OF TRAVELLING

go see the world, they said
it'll be fun, they said

stranded on a ship
with nothing left to eat
and no one to navigate

lost seasick vampire

~~~

android apocalypse
they hated us calling them
toasted oven

7 July 2020: The Summer 2020 issue of Akitsu Quarterly has arrived with my haiga "insomnia" on the inner cover and two haiku inside.

oyster pearl
midway through our breakup
I stop crying

all the things
I'd do differently
summer love

1 July 2020: Happy to see my haiku in the latest issue of Femku:

lockdown
I let myself
sleep in

24 June 2020: This month's Ladies of Horror Flash poem Demon Night was written after revisiting one of my favourite movies "Demon Knight".

10 June 2020: Penumbric is back!! I'm so proud to be a part of the first new issue with my poems "The Price of Peace", "The Conjurers", and "Venus", and art "Contemplating the Moon", "Light in the Darkness", and "The War Upon Us", plus an interview "New Beginnings" with managing editor Jeff Georgeson on how far we've come in 15 years. Read this fantastic issue at penumbric.com.

29 May 2020: Thrilled to see my haibun "A New Earth" and tanka "our ships" in the May 2020 online issue of Scifaikuest.

A NEW EARTH

News alert: the inception of spontaneous wormholes on Earth turns science experiments awry.

yet again
Schrödinger's cat vanishes
from the glass box
only to reappear
beside its food bowl

our ships
sail past the horizon
and into deep space
type III
Kardashev civilization

28 May 2020: My poem "Witching Hour at the Park" appears in the Ladies of Horror Flash Project.

27 May 2020: Happy to see my haiku in this week's Haiku Dialogue curated by Tia Haynes for The Haiku Foundation.

bloodshot
the sleepless nights
take their toll

26 May 2020: My horror story "The Gift of Death" appears in Space and Time 136! Read an excerpt here: https://spaceandtime.net/story-excerpts-2/ 29 April 2020: A special treat for friends who have read A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES and loved the section Fairy Tales. Here's a poem I wrote for you in this month's Ladies of Horror Flash, titled "Little Four".

7 April 2020: My digital ink mixed media painting "The Arrival" in Star*Line 43.2. On sale now from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

4 April 2020: Happy to see my haiku in The Cicada's Cry.

spring rain
my morning glories
bloom all day

1 April 2020: "Diamond Dust" appears in Abyss & Apex 74.

30 March 2020: Thrilled to see my microfiction "The Price of Privilege" at The Ladies of Horror Flash Project.

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The Price of Privilege
by Christina Sng

They always fall for the shiny vintage car and my large mansion on the hill.

That's all they see--the old money and the privilege--and that's what they want. Not me. I'm just part of the package.

So I let them have it, all I possess, and in turn, I collect their souls on our wedding day and give them to my true love who funds all of this.

This is my story. I hope you like it. You missed my name? Oh yes, it's Lilith.

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12 March 2020: Elated to see my name on the cover of Space and Time Magazine #136!! My first published short story of 2020, "The Gift of Death", appears in this gorgeous issue.

7 March 2020: My poem "Tree Mother" is up at the Ladies of Horror Flash Project!

6 March 2020: Over the moon to see my painting "Dreams of Another World" on the cover of Scifaikuest! I also have 3 scifaiku and 1 horrorku in this splendid issue.

slow boat to the stars
the humans
we began with
not the same humans
who arrive

seeing you both
perfectly in the dark
my ex and my ex
now my lunch
and my dinner

every lover
immortalized
in stone
the broken heart
of Medusa

the second
taste of blood
always better

2 March 2020: Happy to see my 3 poems on anger in the latest issue of Femku, edited by Susan Burch.

28 February 2020: My poem "Escape" appears in NOON #16.

20 February 2020: Thrilled to see my cover art "Inside" and 3 scifaiku, 1 horrorku, and 2 tanka in the February 2020 Online issue of Scifaikuest. My horrorku "snowy plains" was selected as the editor's Favorite Poem! :D

pack of werewolves
wondering if we can still change
full moon on Pluto

fissures in the skin
the gradual process
of turning to stone

tidal waves
broken heart
of the siren

snowy plains
so hard to hide
a blood trail

living an eternity
past the event horizon
of a supermassive black hole
the bullet takes forever
to reach my skull

whispered words
from genetic memory
my dead cat alive again
the forgotten art
of necromancy

FAVORITE POEM by editor, t. santitoro

"This horrorku tells of death and possible murder:

snowy plains
so hard to hide
a blood trail

The verse is concise and full of unwritten details, yet it still leaves much to the Reader's imagination, all the while encapsulating an entire story. What makes this my favorite poem, is the ah-ha moment delivered by the last line. Well done, Christina!"

18 February 2020: Awed and thrilled to be a part of this incredible lineup with my poems "The Vodyanoy" and "The Old Gods of Light". Thank you so much, Michael and Doug for including my work in your fantastic anthology Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors!

6 February 2020: Happy to see my 3 poems in the latest issue of Femku.

early winter
snowy streaks
on my head

hysterectomy
cutting off a graft
from my tree

the doctor tells me
my results are positive
thorny red roses

6 February 2020: Lovely sharing a page with my poet friends in this week's Haiku Dialogue on tulips, curated by Carole MacRury for The Haiku Foundation:

perfect bloom
again she hears the words
not good enough

29 January 2020: In the latest edition of Haiku Dialogue:

every world
I ever lived in
on that old sofa chair

16 January 2020: In the latest edition of Haiku Dialogue:

freedom just within reach
the nightingale remembers
how to fly

3 January 2020: Happy to share a page with friends in this week's issue of Haiku Dialogue on New Year resolutions, curated by Lori A Minor and Katherine Munro for The Haiku Foundation.

monarch butterfly
emerging from my cocoon
strong and free

3 January 2020: My poem "One Christmas Eve" is now live on the Ladies of Horror Flash Project.

2 January 2020: So happy to be among friends in Femku #19, guest edited by the wonderful Elizabeth Alford, with my 3 haiku:

snowed in
the cat and I
get to know each other

another stillbirth
the snow now
waist deep

wintering
my heart expands
in solitude

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2020 Sales

23 July 2020: Elated to be in this year's Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase with my poem "Haunted" amongst such great company!

19 July 2020: My haiku "malaise" was accepted for The Cicada Cry's Special Edition: Haiku in the Time of Coronavirus.

7 July 2020: Sold "The Dark Forest" to the December 2020 issue of New Myths.

6 July 2020: Three haiku "dressing", "I drink my tea", and "grandma checks" was accepted to the Winter 2020 issue of Akitsu Quarterly.

1 July 2020: Sold my first novelette "Fury" to the Black Cranes anthology.

29 June 2020: My poem "Lost Little Girl" was sold to Tales of the Lost: Volume II.

18 June 2020: My poem "The Infinite Lives of the Little Match Girl" was sold to CHIRAL MAD 5.

7 June 2020: Sold 3 digital paintings "Contemplating the Moon", "The War Upon Us", and "Light in the Darkness" to Penumbric.

18 May 2020: "The Joy of Travelling" was sold to Star*Line.

3 May 2020: "Metal Rain", "Venus", "The Conjurers", "The Price of Peace", and "A Paradigm of Magic" were sold to Penumbric.

1 May 2020: "Mother of All Things" has sold to Spectral Realms #14.

22 April 2020: Happy to receive a Featured Poet invitation to the May 2021 issue of Scifaikuest. Included are joined poems "Inate", "The Offering", "Scars", "Anniversary Dinner", and scifaiku, horrorku, and tanka "Dying", "Snow Hare", "The Need to Bite and Gnaw", "From the Helicopter", "The Strangest Things", and "Ocean Waves".

15 April 2020: My contemporary poem "Together" will be exhibited in The Fox Poetry Box!

8 April 2020: Haiku "gentle rain", "half moon", "lock down", and ink art "Hope", "To the Moon", and "Hunter's Moon" will appear in Akitsu Quarterly.

2 April 2020: "Metal Rain", "Venus", "The Conjurers", "The Price of Peace", and "A Paradigm of Magic" were sold to Penumbric.

2 April 2020: "spring rain" was selected for publication in The Cicada's Cry Spring 2020 edition.

1 April 2020: "Fondness for Cats", "Mesmerized", "The Strange Reality", "How Easy It Was", and "Three Moons Orbiting Earth" were sold to the February 2021 issue of Scifaikuest.

25 March 2020: My black and white line digital painting "The Arrival" was sold to Star*Line.

22 March 2020: "Diamond Dust" was sold to Abyss & Apex Issue 74 out this April 2020.

29 January 2020: My cherita "Daddy" was sold to the November 2020 issue of Scifaikuest.

27 January 2020: My short story "The Gift of Death" was sold to Space and Time.

27 January 2020: Two tanka "unable to sleep" and "learning to cherish" have been accepted for the Red Moon Anthology of Tanka, edited by Susan Burch.

15 January 2020: Haiku "oyster pearl", "all the things", and haiga "insomnia" were accepted for Akitsu Quarterly's Summer 2020 issue.

8 January 2020: "Thrown Away in Recycling", "A Lifelong Aversion", and "After the Wedding" were sold to the November 2020 issue of Scifaikuest.

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