Leong Liew Geok (b. 1949)
Leong Liew Geok (b. Penang, Malaysia) was educated in the Convent, Pulau Tikus (primary and secondary) and Methodist Boys’ School (pre-University). She graduated from La Trobe University (1971) with an Honours degree in English Literature, and from the University of Adelaide (1972) with a Diploma in Education. She has an MA in Modern English Literature from the University of Leicester (1975) and a Ph. D. in American Literature from George Washington University (1980). She taught at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore from 1981-2002. She began dabbling in poetry in 1965 and 1966 during her pre-university years, but began taking it seriously when she came back to this part of the world in 1981, owing to a climate of encouragement in the NUS English Department. The author of two volumes of poetry, Love is Not Enough (1991) and Women without Men (2000), she edited More than Half the Sky: Creative Writings by Thirty Singaporean Women (1998; repr. 2009) and Literary Singapore: A directory of contemporary writing in Singapore (2011) for the National Arts Council. More recently, her poems have appeared online in Softblow and Blue Lyra Review. She is (still!) working on a third collection of poems.
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