Heng Siok Tian has published five collections of poetry: Crossing the Chopsticks and Other Poems (1993), My City, My Canvas (1999), Contouring, (2004), Is My Body a Myth (2011) and Mixing Tongues (2011).

Her poems are anthologised in Sound of Mind (2014), Little Things (2013), And Words (2010), Moving Worlds (2010), Fifty on 50 (2009), Tumasik (2009), Speaking for Myself: An Anthology of Asian Women’s Writing (2009), La Traductiere (2009), Ars Interpres (2007), Over There (2007), Harvest International (2006/2007), Idea to Ideal (2004), Love Gathers All: A Philippines-Singapore Anthology of Love Poems (2002), No Other City: An Anthology of Urban Poetry (2000), More Than Half the Sky (1998), Journeys: Words, Home and Nation (1995), The Calling of the Kindred (1993), Singapore: Places, Poems, Paintings (1992), New Voices in Southeast Asia (1991) and Words for the 25th (1990).

Besides poetry, Heng also writes short stories and plays. One of her short stories was translated into Italian and published by ISBN Edizioni (2005). Her short play, The Lift, staged in 1991, was read at the Third International Women Playwrights’ Conference in Adelaide in 1994.

In 2000, she was a Fellow with the Iowa International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA, on a National Arts Council Fellowship. She has participated in literary events in many countries, including China (1999), the USA (2000), the Philippines (2001), Sweden (2007), and France (2012).

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