Profile: Christina Sng

Christina Sng is an award-winning poet, writer, essayist, and artist. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online venues worldwide and translated into six languages. She is the author of A Constellation of Songs (Origami Poems Project), Catku (Allegra Press), 2017 Elgin Award nominee An Assortment of Sky Things (Allegra Press), 2018 Elgin Award runner-up Astropoetry (Alban Lake Publishing), 2017 Bram Stoker Award® winner A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press), and 2020 Bram Stoker Award® winner A Collection of Dreamscapes (Raw Dog Screaming Press).

Since 2001, her science fiction, horror, and fantasy poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous venues across North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. These include Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Aoife’s Kiss, Apex Magazine, Astronomers Without Borders, Bare Bone, Beyond Centauri, Black Petals, Blood Rose, Bloodbond, ChiZine, Daily Science Fiction, Dark Animus, Disturbed Digest, Dreams and Nightmares, Electric Velocipede, Eye to the Telescope, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Flesh & Blood, Grievous Angel, Hadrosaur Tales, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Illumen, The Journal, Jupiter Magazine, LONTAR, Lunatic Chameleon, The Martian Wave, Mythic Delirium,, Night to Dawn, Outposts of Beyond, The Pedestal Magazine, Penny Dreadful, Penumbric, Poe Little Thing, Polu Texni, Scifaikuest, Space & Time, Spaceports & Spidersilk, Spectral Realms, Star*Line, Story House, Tales of the Talisman, Trunk Stories, Wicked Hollow, and Yellow Bat Review.

In 2002, 2003, and 2004, her poems “The Marvel of Flight” and “Crimes of Our Youth” (Wicked Hollow #1 and #4), “The Bone Carver” (ChiZine), “The Art of Weaving” (Flesh & Blood #14), and “Asunder” with Mike Allen (Star*Line), received Honourable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Annual Editions, respectively. In 2007 and 2014, her poems “Medusa in LA” and “Allegra” (Tales of the Talisman Vol. 1 Issue 1 and Vol. 10 Issue 3) were nominated for the Rhysling Award in the short and long poem categories. In 2016, her poems “Twenty Years” (New Myths 32) and “The Woman in the Coffee Shop” (LONTAR #5) were nominated in the long poem category and her scifaiku, “The Man with Red Eyes” was nominated for the Dwarf Stars Award. Her long poem “The Leviathans of Europa” (Polu Texni) was nominated for the 2017 Rhysling Awards. 2018 Rhysling nominees include short poem “Starlight” (Space & Time), and two long poems, “Moonlight in the Playground” (Spectral Realms) and “Little Red” (Polu Texni) and in 2019, three poems were nominated: “The Girl and Her Wolf Dog” (Spectral Realms), “Rapunzel” (Dreams and Nightmares), and “Forest Mother” (The Ladies of Horror Flash). 4 short poems were nominated for the 2018 Dwarf Stars Awards: “Bloody Spindle” (Star*Line), “Ruby Sky” (Scifaikuest), “Seconds Before” (Grievous Angel), and “Multiverse Theory” (Sonic Boom), while in 2019, she received 3 nominations for “all my nightmares” (Scifaikuest), “emerging” (Colorado Boulevard), and WonderFold winner “The Gravity of Loss” (WonderFold). Her haiku sequence “Little Red in Haiku”, which first appeared in Star*Line 40.4 in 2017, received an honourable mention in the Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten. In 2019, 4 of her poems received recommendations in the Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven: “Memoirs in the Dark” (Spectral Realms), “The Girl and Her Wolf Dog” (Spectral Realms), “The Joy of Sewing” (HWA Poetry Showcase Volume V), and “The Mermaid” (Spectral Realms).

She is a Lifetime member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.

From late 2015, Christina began to study haiku, finding it immensely beautiful and therapeutic. She writes short form poems to document her thoughts and days. Her haiku, senryu, haiga, and tanka have since received numerous honours and accolades, including most recently, winning the 2018 Jane Reichhold International Prize and the Third Annual Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition. Her work has appeared all around the world in journals such as A Hundred Gourds, Akisame, Akitsu Quarterly, Asahi Haikuist, bear creek haiku, cattails, Cricket, Failed Haiku, Frameless Sky, Frogpond, Haikuniverse, Haiku Masters, hedgerow, Mayfly, otata, Prune Juice, Ribbons, Shamrock, The Bamboo Hut, The Cicada’s Cry, and Wild Plum, among others.

As an artist, she paints in pastel, oil, watercolour, and ink. In 2017, she began to market her art to magazines. Her oil painting “The Last Day” appeared on the cover of Gnarled Oak in January 2018 and her black and white watercolour painting “Waiting Together” was the cover art for Dreams and Nightmares #109, which is incidentally, the same magazine that gave her her first two poetry sales back in 2000. In November 2019, her paintings were exhibited for the first time: “Voyage to Save the World” in the Fox Poetry Box in Illinois, USA, and “Love Moon” and “Love Myself” in the LOVE STORIES Art Exhibition in Singapore.

Christina is also an avid gardener and an accomplished musician, and can be found most days in a dark corner deadheading her flowers while humming Vivaldi to the swaying branches.

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Featured Work

A Collection of Dreamscapes

A Collection of Dreamscapes by Christina Sng is an exploration of the darkness inside us, the shadow-self that screams and begs, forever fighting to claw itself out. It’s a siren song of transformation, an uncovered diary that bleeds fairy tales and dystopias, and it reads like a grimoire full of spells and curses that bring monsters and madmen to life.

Between these pages, readers will meet women who hide behind the taste of poisoned apples, who set themselves on fire, who weep at riverbanks, the taste of freedom too much to swallow, too heavy to bear. They will be whisked away to faraway lands and unimaginable worlds, the drip of fog-soaked dreams a steady flow down their throats while they choke on betrayal and bathe in the waters of tears twice cried.

Sng’s poems are a blend of dark fantasy and science fiction, a changeling’s whisper and an ogre’s cry. They are both subtle and violent, and they weave themes of empowerment and strength through stars and earthquakes, forcing us to push away the rubble and look at what we’ve had to do to survive. They are the sacrifice in the forest and the haunting in the house, every gasp and ancient fear a reflection of the violence we’ve had to bury deep inside ourselves, all those battle cries and reimagined dreams we desperately try to forget. Here, Sng marries blood and magic, forever walking hand-in-hand with scar and ash, their imprints both a nightmare and a blessing, a dream and the truth.

Swallow them carefully. Once they’re inside you, there’s no getting them out. 

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