Desmond Kon

Author's Bio

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, five hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. The founding editor of Squircle Line Press, he has edited more than twenty books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations including Sok Sabay Cambodia, Riding for the Disabled Association, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, and SAGE Counselling Centre. These titles span the genres of ethnography, journalism, creative writing, and corporate literature. Trained in book publishing at Stanford University, Desmond studied sociology and mass communication at the National University of Singapore, and later received his theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame. A former entertainment journalist with 8 Days, he has travelled to Australia, France, Hong Kong and Spain for his stories, which have included features on Madonna, Björk and Morgan Freeman, culminating in the authorship of the limited edition Top Ten TCS Stars for Caldecott Publishing. With early freelance illustration for The Straits Times, he has returned to drawing and design, with his Madding Mission Series of stationery. His online novelty store, ECRITUREartefacts, creates literary curiosities, which include glassware, book totes, and laptop cases. As a consultant, Desmond’s editorial projects have seen him collaborating with authors and artists from an international community spanning Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tibet, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam, among other nations. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay. Through his Potter Poetics Collection, he has designed and sculpted ceramic works to commemorate Albert Camus’ 50th Anniversary, the Dalai Lama’s 50th Year of Exile, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ 120th Anniversary, Walter Benjamin’s 70th Anniversary, Matteo Ricci’s 400th Anniversary, Marguerite Porete’s 700th Anniversary, Edgar Allan Poe’s Bicentennial, Simone Weil’s Birth Centennial, Swami Abhishiktananda’s Birth Centennial, Thomas Merton’s 40th Anniversary, Jack Kerouac’s 40th Anniversary, Cave Canem’s 10 Years of Service to African American Poets, Grolier Poetry Bookshop’s 80 Years of Service as the Oldest Continuous Poetry Bookstore in the US, and Poet Lore’s 120th Anniversary as the Oldest Continuously Published Poetry Magazine in the US, among other commemorative pieces. His ceramic works are housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Writing under several heteronyms, Desmond divides his time between his art and teaching creative writing, his poetry and prose having placed in literary competitions in Australia, Canada, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, and the United States. Among his honoraria are appointments as juror for literary competitions/projects – these include Singapore National Poetry Competition, Singapore Poetry Slam, National Youth Slam League, Creative Arts Programme Portfolio Selection, Poetry on Platforms, Budding Writers Project, and Writing the City Competitions – organized by Marshall Cavendish, Word Forward, Poetry Festival Singapore, National Library Board, Ministry of Education, and The British Council.

Publications and Prizes

(Glass Lyre Press, 2017)
, Boat at Sandymount Strand
(lu lu publishing, 2012)
, Dress Shoes and Lemon Soap
(lu lu publishing, 2013)
, FOODPORN cum Maundy Thursday
(Glass Lyre Press, 2016)
, Gorgonzola Cheese Sandwich
(lu lu publishing, 2013)
, Hermitage of Dreamers
(Glass Lyre Press, 2018)
, Jia Lat lah
(Glass Lyre Press, 2017)
, Mirror Image Mirage
(Glass Lyre Press, 2016)
, Ormolu Chandelier and Walking Stick
(lu lu publishing, 2012)
, Phat Planet Cometh
(Glass Lyre Press, 2015)
, Reading to Ted Hesburgh
(Glass Lyre Press, 2017)
, Singular Acts of Endearment
(Grey Sparrow Press, 2014)
, The Citizen's Biscuit Tin
(lu lu publishing, 2012)
, The World According to Ms Erasure
(Glass Lyre Press, 2018)
, The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love
(Glass Lyre Press, 2015)
, Thirty-Seven Reasons Red Is Rad
(Glass Lyre Press, 2016)
, Whitman's Secret Staircase at Howth
(lu lu publishing, 2013)
(Glass Lyre Press, 2017)
, Best of Pirene's Fountain
(Glass Lyre Press, 2013)
, Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover aka Dead People, Flying Fishes And The Ones Who Missed The Boat
(Beaumont Press, 2003)
, Dreams, Shadows and Ashes: Prizewinning Poems
(Voices Israel, 2012)
, Ekphrastia Gone Wild
(Ain't Got No Press, 2013)
, For the Love of God: A Creative Anthology
(Beaumont Press, 2004)
, GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry & Prose
(Literary Centre, 2010)
, I'm A Volunteer Too: Forty Heartwarming Singaporean Stories
(Beaumont Press, 2004)
, Impressions of a Pipa Player: Profiles of the World's Most Premier
(Beaumont Press, 2003)
, In the Garden of the Crow
(Elektrik Milk Bath Press, 2011)
, Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2012 Anthology
(Little Red Tree Publishing, 2012)
, Malala: Poems For Malala Yousafzai
(FutureCycle Press, 2013)
, One for the Love of God: A Music Tribute to Powerful Poetry
(Beaumont Press, 2004)
, Poets Amongst Us: Aquillrelle Poetry Anthology
(lu lu publishing, 2011)
, Read Write [Hand]: A Multidisciplinary Nick Cave Reader
(Silkworms Ink, 2012)
, Sailing in the Mist of Time: Fifty Award-Winning Poems
(Lulu Press, 2006)
, Scratch Anthology: Award-Winning Short Stories and Poetry
(CreateSpace USA, 2012)
, Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore
(University of Hawaii Press, 2014)
, Sunrise From Blue Thunder: A Pirene's Fountain Anthology for Japan's Earthquake-Tsunami Relief
(lu lu publishing, 2012)
, The Kartika Review 2009-2010 Anthology
(Lulu Press, 2011)
, The Million-Line Poem
(Tupelo Press, 2011)
, The Mo Chapbook: A Movember Special Edition
(Silkworms Ink, 2011)
, The Writing Disorder Anthology
(Lulu Press, 2010)
, Thirty Days: The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project's First Year
(Tupelo Press, 2015)
, Voices Israel Anthology: Poetry From Israel & Abroad
(Voices Israel, 2012)
, Voices Israel Anthology: Poetry From Israel & Abroad
(Voices Israel, 2013)
, Vol L: 50th Chapbook Anthology
(Silkworms Ink, 2011)
, Writings from the Heart: Stories and Poems from Around the World
(CreateSpace USA, 2012)
, [C.]: An MLP Stamp Stories Project
(Mud Luscious Press, 2011)
50 to 1, AGNI, American Athenaeum, Assaracus, Asymptote, Barge Press, Barnstorm Journal, Best Poem: A Literary Journal, Black Herald, Blackbird, Blood & Honey Review, Blue Jew Yorker, Bluestem News, Breadcrumb Scabs, Brink Magazine, Burning Word, Cabinet des Fées, Cafe Irreal, Caper Literary Journal, Ceriph, Cerise Press, Clutching at Straws, Confrontation, Copper Nickel, Cricket Online Review, Cutbank, Cyclamens and Swords, deadpaper, Dear Sir, Diagram, Dirty Goat, Distillery, ditch, Drunken Boat, Edgz, Eighty Percent Magazine, Escape Into Life, Eunoia Review, Everyday Genius, Exercise Bowler, Faultline, Fence, Floorboard review, Folly Magazine, Four and Twenty, Furnace Review, Fuselit, Georgetown Review, Gertrude, Ginosko Literary Journal, Glint Literary Journal, Gone Lawn, Grey Sparrow Journal, Gulf Coast, Halfway Down the Stairs, Hamilton Stone Review, Harpur Palate, Harvard Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, In Posse Review, InDigest, Jacket2, Journal of Truth and Consequence, Kartika Review, Lantern Review, Lily Lit Review, Luna Park Review, Mad Swirl, Magnolia's Press, Mandala Journal, Marco Polo Quarterly, Mascara Literary Review, Metazen, Monkeybicycle, NANO Fiction, Nanoism, Naugatuck River Review, New Orleans Review, Newport Review, Niche Literary Magazine, noah magazine, Notes from the Gean, Numinous: Spiritual Poetry, Old Red Kimono, Orion headless, Pank, Parcel, Pemmican Press, Penwood Review, Physiognomy in Letters, Pindeldyboz, Pirene's Fountain, Pismire, Pithead Chapel, Platte Valley Review, Poetry Super Highway, Portland Review, Presence, Pressed, Prick of the Spindle, Prime Number Magazine, Psychic Meatloaf, Pure Francis, Qarrtsiluni, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Red Lion Square, Red Ochre Lit, REM Magazine: The Radioactive Underground Journal, Retort Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Saltwater Press, Scholars & Rogues, Sein und Werden, Seneca Review, SentinelLiteraryQuarterly, Shampoo, Silenced Press, Sixers Review, Sketchbook Journal, Slab Literary Review, Smartish Pace, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Sonora Review, Soundings Review, Soundzine, Spilling Ink Review, Spilt Milk, Spork Press, St. Sebastian Review, Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, Stylus Poetry Journal, Subliminal Interiors, Sugar Mule, Swink, Switched-On Gutenberg, A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, The Bend, The Brooklyner, The Cherry Blossom Review, The Citron Review, Corner Club Press, The Flea, The Legendary, The Literary Bohemian, Massachusetts Review, Meadowland Review, Missing Slate, The Monarch Review, The Nervous Breakdown, New Guard, The Oral Tradition, Pinch, The Rose & Thorn, Smoking Poet, Writing Disorder, Thoughtsmith, Titular, Transcendent Visions, Trapeze Magazine, Tributaries, Tripwire, Troubadour 21, Tupelo Press Poetry Project (online) , Turning Wheel, Umbrella Factory Magazine, unFold, Vallum, Versal, Wag's Revue, Whale Sound, Write From Wrong Magazine, Xavier Review, Xconnect
500 Favourite Words
(Naissance, 2011)
, Changeling in the Boustrophedon’s Outfield
(Right Hand Pointing, 2011)
, Dear Physical Environment
(Naissance, 2011)
, In Memoriam to a Marionette: Caudate Sonnet of the Year Ad Interim
(Silkworms Ink, 2011)
, Let Dinggedicht Speak
(Silkworms Ink, 2011)
, Living Room Aphorisms: The Only Story Arc in Santa Monica
(lu lu publishing, 2007)
, This Is Visual Poetry
(Naissance, 2011)
, To Whose Mandolin It May Concern
(Naissance, 2011)
, When Dada Rewrote Koans
(Corollary Press, 2012)
Prizes Won: 
PEN American Center Shorts Prize; Poetry World Cup; IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award (Poetry [Gold]); Independent Publisher Book Award (Multicultural Fiction [Silver]); Singapore Literature Prize (Poetry); Beverly Hills International Book Award (Poetry & Visionary Fiction); National Indie Excellence Book Award (Poetry); Living Now Book Award (Death & Dying [Gold]; Inspirational Fiction [Silver]; Metaphysical [Bronze]); USA Regional Excellence Book Award (Adult Fiction, Poetry, Spirituality [Northeast]; Poetry [West]; Poetry [Midwest]; Anthology, Poetry [Southwest]); Vallum New International Poetics "Naani" Poetry Award; Excel For Charity Swale Life Poetry Prize & High Commendation; Cyclamens & Swords Publishing Poetry Prize; Stepping Stones Nigeria Poetry Prize; Little Red Tree Publishing International Poetry Prize; New England Book Festival Runner-Up (Anthologies); Los Angeles Book Festival Runner-Up (Anthologies); Florida Book Festival Runner-Up (Anthologies); Paris Book Festival Runner-Up (Anthologies); Amsterdam Book Festival Honorable Mention (Fiction); San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention (Fiction); Green Book Festival Honorable Mention (Fiction); University of Notre Dame Poetry Fellowship; National Arts Council Creation Grant; NAC Writer-in-the-Gardens Residency, Singapore International Foundation Grant; Hiew Siew Nam Distinguished Academic Award; Ngee Ann Distinguished Teaching Award (1999, 2001 & 2013); Ngee Ann Humanities Special Incentive Award; International Association of Paradoxism Distinguished Achievement; Writers Billboard Poetry Prize; Scratch Poetry Prize; Champion of Birds Poetry Prize; Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry High Distinction Award; TRYangle Project Poetry Competition Second Prize; Hungry Hill "Poets Meet Politics" Second Prize; Lupus UK Poetry Competition Second Prize; Smartish Pace Erskine J. Poetry Third Prize; The Medulla Review Oblongata Contest Third Prize; The Psychiatry Research Trust Poetry Competition Third Prize; Thynks Publications Ltd Inspirational Poems Third Prize & Runner-Up; Hour of Writes Runner-Up; Alan Sillitoe Open Poetry Competition Runner-Up; Georgetown Review Magazine Contest Runner-Up; Thynks Publications Ltd "Serendipity" Poems Runner-Up; Tupelo Press Poetry Project Honorable Mention; Artsmith Literary Award Honorable Mention; Spilling Ink Flash Fiction Prize Honorable Mention; The New Writer Magazine "Single Poem" Honorable Mention; Sketchbook Journal "Found Poetry" Honorable Merit; Deux-Sèvres Segora Open Poetry Commendation Award; Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry High Commendation Award; Mobil National Essay Writing Commendation Award; Eric Hoffer Book Award Category Finalist (Fiction); USA Best Book Award Finalist (Multicultural Fiction, Visionary Fiction, Death & Dying); International Book Award Finalist (Cross Genre Fiction); National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist (Multicultural Fiction); Beverly Hills International Book Award Finalist (Poetry); USA Regional Excellence Book Award Finalist (Anthology [Southeast]); Noemi Press Poetry Chapbook Award Finalist; Arts & Letters Rumi Prize For Poetry Finalist; United Poets Laureate International Noriko Mizusaki Award Finalist; United Poets Laureate International Mary Halliburton Award Finalist; A River & Sound Review Duckabush Poetry Prize Finalist; Aquillrelle Poetry Finalist; Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Finalist; Annual Poetry Finalist; The Winter Anthology Writing Contest Finalist; The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Project Nominee; Best of the Net Nominee; Zazzle "Today's Best" Award; Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Semi-Finalist; The New Guard Knightville Poetry Semi-Finalist; Cinnamon Press "Concrete Poetry" Special Mention; Limnisa Bluethumbnail Short Story Contest Short List; Flash 500 Competition Short List; Margaret Reid Traditional Verse Short List; Pank 1001 Awesome Words Short List; Strokestown International Poetry Prize Short List; Cutbank Patricia Goedicke Poetry Prize Publication Choice; University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize Long List; National University of Singapore Sociology Book Prize

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Chinese, English
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Last updated: Feb 22, 2019