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Siok Tian Heng

HENG Siok Tian (poet; Singapore), born 1963, is a poet who also experiments with writing plays and fiction. Heng is the author of five collections: [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 work has appeared in major anthologies of the region, including New Voices in Southeast Asia and Cambridge University's The Calling of the Kindred. She is the recipient of awards for poetry and short story competitions at the National University of Singapore, and a scholarship for advanced studies from the Ministry of Education. She holds an MA in English literature from the National University, and a diploma from the Alliance Francaise. Her play "The Lift" was performed in Singapore in 1991 and chosen for a brief reading at the 3rd International Women Playwrights' Conference in Adelaide, Australia.  As a tutor for General Paper and Literature in English for the last twenty years, she constantly struggles between finding time for writing and space for rumination.