Anglophone Asian Poetics

Tammy Lai-Ming Ho and Jason Eng Hun Lee interview Nicholas Wong


How many years have you been writing poetry?

The first poem was written when I was in my third year at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), when Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim was teaching Creative Writing there. But serious creative writing only began in 2010, when I officially started my MFA at City University of Hong Kong.

Do you remember what inspired you to write your first poems?

It’s my sexuality, but I didn’t see it as a source of inspiration. I had to write something, because there was an assignment to be done.