Boey Kim Cheng emigrated from Singapore in 1997 to Australia.

He began writing in Victoria Secondary School and published his first collection Somewhere-Bound (1989) when he was at the National University of Singapore. It won the National Book Development Council Award in 1989. Another Place (1992) followed, and was chosen as a GCE “A” level text from 2005 to 2015. Days of No Name (1996), written during the international writing residency in Iowa, won the Merit award in the Singapore Literature Prize in 1995. In 1996, Boey was given the Young Artist Award.

As an Asian Australian poet, Boey has published After the Fire: New and Selected Poems (2006), and a travel memoir entitled Between Stations (2009), which was shortlisted for the W.A. Premier’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. Clear Brightness (2012), published in Australia by Puncher & Wattmann and in Singapore by Epigram, was shortlisted for the John Bray Poetry Prize and the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Award. It will replace Another Place as a GCE “A” level text in 2016.

Boey co-founded Mascara Literary Review, the first Australian literary journal to promote Asian Australian writing, and co-edited the groundbreaking anthology Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (2013).

In 2013, Boey returned to Singapore as one of the Nanyang Technological University's writers-in-residence, and is currently Associate Professor at the Division of English.

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