Eddie Tay

Contributor, Guest Editor, Reviews Editor and Workshop Mentor

Eddie Tay is author of three collections of poetry, RemnantsA Lover’s SoliloquyThe Mental Life of Cities (winner of the 2012 Singapore Literature Prize) and Dreaming Cities (Math Paper Press, 2016) and an academic book, Colony, Nation and Globalisation: Not At Home with Singaporean and Malaysian Literature. He also runs the street photography blog Hong Kong Lucida and is an editor of the academic journal, Hong Kong Studies (Chinese University Press). Originally from Singapore, Tay is now an Associate Professor teaching courses on creative writing and poetry at the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He became Cha‘s Reviews Editor in May 2009. 

If you would like to submit a book (or books) for us to review, please contact Tay at eddie@asiancha.com. If you want to review a book for Cha, please also write to Tay for further information.

Read an interview with Tay here.


  • All Issues from May 2009: Reviews Editor
  • Issue #41 (October 2018): Guest Poetry Editor [forthcoming]
  • Issue #41 (October 2018): On Literary Work, On Building a Community [Read]
  • Issue #41 (October 2018): On Looking, Acting and Thinking Otherwise [Read]
  • Issue #38 (December 2017): Sham Shui Po Speaks [View and Read]
  • Issue #33 (September 2016): Groundwork [View and Read]
  • Issue #29 (September 2015): The Poetics of the Umbrella Movement [View and Read]
  • Issue #27 (March 2015): Analysis Paralysis [View and Read]
  • Issue #23 (March 2014): Quiet Rural Hong Kong [View]
  • Issue #19 (November 2012): Eddie Tay [Read]
  • Issue #17 (June 2012): Notes for a Minor Photography (A Hong Kong Delirium) [View and Read]
  • Issue #12 (September 2010): Cities [Read]
  • Issue #12 (September 2010): White Pages [Read] [Discussed here]
  • Issue #12 (September 2010): Country [Read] [Discussed here]
  • Issue #12 (September 2010): Night Thoughts [Read] [Discussed here]
  • Issue #8 (August 2009): Some Other Life [Read]
  • Issue #7 (May 2009): On Being Blunt: Louise Ho’s Incense Tree [Read]
  • Issue #6 (February 2009): Selves in the City: Xu Xi’s Evanescent Isles [Read]
  • Issue #5 (November 2008): Poetry of the Global Economy: Toh Hsien Min’s Means to an End [Read]
  • Issue #3 (May 2008): Guest Editor [Read]
  • Issue #2 (February 2008): Whose Woods These Are [Read]