Belle Ling received her PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her first poetry collection, A Seed and a Plant, was shortlisted for The HKU International Poetry Prize 2010. Her recent poetry manuscript, Rabbit-Light, was awarded Highly Commended in the 2018 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. Another manuscript of hers, Grass Flower Head, was shortlisted for the First Book Poetry Prize of Puncher and Wattmann in 2018. In 2016, her poem, “That Space,” won a second place in the ESL category of the International Poetry Competition organized by the Oxford Brookes University. In 2018, her other poem, “63 Temple Street, Mong Kok,” was a co-winner in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize held by the Australian Book Review. In the same year, she had another poem, “Sorry, Sorry,” awarded a place in the Hong Kong’s Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems) Anthology. Her poems also appeared in World Literature Today, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Yuan Yang, Meanjin, Overland, Mascara Literary Review, Taj Mahal Review, The Istanbul Review, Foothill: A Journal of Poetry, New Reader Magazine, and more. She was the fellowship recipient of the Playa Residency, Oregon, in 2014. She was awarded a Merit Scholarship at the New York State Summer Writers Institute in 2017.


Course offered in 2019-2020

ENGL 2035        Reading Poetry




Selected Publications

“Tasting Karma”; “Breakfast in Hei Hei.” World Literature Today, vol. 93, no. 2, Spring 2019,
“63 Temple Street, Mong Kok.” Australian Book Review, no. 409, Mar. 2019, pp. 41-42.
“Ode to Doubt.” Meanjin, vol. 77, no. 4, 2018, pp. 177.
“Bowl”; “Bagpipes”; “A Monk and His Tofu.” New Reader Magazine, vol. 1, no. 3, 2018, pp. 58-61.
“Out of a Broken Egg”; “Miso Soup.” Foothill: A Journal of Poetry, vol. 7, no. 1, 2017, pp. 29-30.
“Preparation”; “First Coffee.” Voice and Verse Poetry Magazine, vol. 41, 2018, pp. 73.
“That Space.” Meanjin, vol. 75, no. 4, 2016, pp. 165.
“Between Trees.” Poetry Quarterly, Spring 2014.
“Meanwhile.” The Voices Project, 25 June 2013,
“Two Plus Ten.” The Voices Project, 5 Aug. 2013,
“The Opposite.” Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, vol. 69, 2013,
“A Good Morning in the Crowded Train”; “Aussie”; “Impression.” Mascara Literary Review, vol. 13, 2013,
“First Love.” Taj Mahal Review, vol. 11, no. 2, 2012, pp. 84.



Last updated: 16 September 2019