Christine Chia

Christine Chia is the author of The Law of Second Marriages and a sequel, Separation: a history. She was a writer-in-residence at Toji Cultural Center, South Korea in 2016 and also co-edited the groundbreaking anthologies, A Luxury We Cannot Afford and A Luxury We Must Afford. She has contributed to Washington Square ReviewPrairie SchoonerBrooklyn Poets Anthology and the W!LD RICE play, Another Country.

Books by Christine Chia


A collection occasioned by the Ministry of Education’s desire to include the study of Singapore poetry for the A-levels. By Singapore poems, we refer not only to the ensemble of established and emerging Singapore poets. Lines Spark Code gathers their poems into a movement to ground the study of English poetry on Singapore soil.

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The sequel to The Law of Second Marriages, the best-selling and critically acclaimed poetry book by Christine. With "terrifying sparseness and intensity", as Cyril Wong observes, Christine threads together stories of the Separation between Singapore and Malaysia with the separation between her parents. Her searing vision, ambitious and intimate, opens up emotional spaces in unlikely places.

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