The list of Eastlit poets special issue one is alphabetical by first name:
Canadian poet Akin Jeje lives in Hong Kong. An active poet and spoken-word performer, Jeje’s works have been published and featured in Canada and Hong Kong. His poetry collection, Smoked Pearl: Poems of Hong Kong and Beyond was a semi-finalist for the 2009 International Proverse Prize, and published by Proverse Hong Kong in 2010. Jeje’s most recent publication was in 2014’s Poetry Outloud Too anthology.
Jeje is a regular performer at Hong Kong’s monthly Poetry Outloud event, and previously the MC for the Peel Street Poets gathering. Jeje is also an advisor to the Hong Kong International Young Readers’ Festival.
Angus Gallagher was born and raised in the culturally diverse region of Aston, Birmingham by his Irish immigrant parents. After studying physics and maths, he moved to Hong Kong in 2005, where he now works as a science and mathematics tutor. Angus met his wife (and now mother of his two lovely children) at Peel Street Poetry almost ten years ago and has been attending ever since. Although he is a self-described cover poet, he often shares his original works, of which “Race” is the first to be published.
Henrik Hoeg is a Danish poet living in Hong Kong where he organizes and emcees Peel Street Poetry, a rapidly growing weekly open mic. He has several literary journal publications under his belt and will be publishing his first collection of poetry, ‘Irreverent Poems for Pretentious People’, in April 2016.
Samra Mayanja is a young poet, born in London and currently residing in Hong Kong. She sometimes writes poetry about the internet, often paints people in the street and always hikes around Hong Kong searching. She is currently studying Economics with History of Art at the University of Hong Kong which appears to be a strange combination, and in reality it is. She once posed as a life model in the hope of writing a poem about the experience and she hasn’t stopped since, both poetry and posing. Other legitimate hobbies include lacrosse and long conversation.