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Dr Tammy Ho honoured with Young Artist Award in Literary Arts

28 Apr 2016

Dr Tammy Ho (right) with her two sisters at the Hong Kong Arts Development Award 2015 award presentation ceremony
Dr Tammy Ho (right) with her two sisters at the Hong Kong Arts Development Award 2015 award presentation ceremony
Dr Tammy Ho’s poetry collection "Hula Hooping"
Dr Tammy Ho’s poetry collection "Hula Hooping"

Dr Tammy Ho, Assistant Professor of the Department of English Language and Literature, won the Award for Young Artist in Literary Arts at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2015.

Dr Ho is actively engaged in creative literary arts, and devotes herself to writing, editing, translating and teaching. She is the Founding Co-Editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, the first non-profit online English-language literary quarterly in Hong Kong, and her translations have appeared widely in international publications, including World Literature Today. Her writing took the second runner-up in the 2005 Short Story Competition co-organised by The Standard and RTHK. Her first poetry collection, Hula Hooping, was published in 2015.

The judging panel of the Award praised Dr Ho for her English poetry, describing her literary works as being graced by a fresh and natural set of language. Also, through editing and managing the Cha magazine, Dr Ho provides a vibrant exchange platform for English writers from all around the world, garnering international attention for Hong Kong literature. Her global vision, outstanding works of translation and academic writing as well as commitment to promoting English creative writing through talks and editing, were also commended.

Dr Ho was pleased to have received the award. She expressed her gratitude to her publisher at Chameleon Press, Peter Gordon, and her editor, David McKirdy, for their persistent efforts in helping her publish her poetry. She also thanked the editors and guest editors who have worked with her on Cha over the past eight years, in particular her co-editor Jeff Zroback and Reviews Editor Eddie Tay, as well as the many writers and artists from Hong Kong, other Asian regions and overseas. She also extended her gratitude to the staff and students at the Department of English Language and Literature, and acknowledged the continued and unwavering support of her early mentors Professor Douglas Kerr and Professor Shirley Geok-lin Lim. Lastly, she thanked her family members for their unfailing patience and love.

Dr Ho wishes to continue to introduce Hong Kong literature to the world and promote the exchange of ideas between Hong Kong and other parts of the world.

The Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2015 was organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council with the honours presented to acknowledge arts practitioners who have achieved excellence in their respective art forms. The award presentation ceremony was held on 21 April 2016.