AsianVoices: Poetry and Prose by Young Asian Writers

asiaThis archival version of AsianVoices features over 200 poems, stories and articles by young Asian poets and writers. AsianVoices was a website for young Asian writers that I managed from 1997 to 2004. The contributors included writers living in Asia as well Asians living abroad. The poems, stories, articles and plays are categorized according to themes like family, love, death, travel and spirituality. Click one of the following links and start exploring:

Poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction about family
Poems and stories about love and heartbreak
Edible Words
Delicious poems and stories in celebration of food
Poetry and prose about death and remembrance
The Journey
Poems and stories about innocence and experience
Poems and stories about self-reflection and spirituality
In Class
Poems, stories and articles about school life and education
In Transit
Poems about travel and transportation
Poems and articles about places
Poems, stories and drama about the creative process
Poetry, prose and drama about everyday life
Kids’ Corner
Poems and stories by and/or for younger readers

If you are interested in reading newer work or if you are a writer interested in publishing your work, I would suggest submitting your poems or stories to a new Asian writing site such as (AsianCha) or The Asian Writer.

The AsianVoices site started as an online publication for my students at City University. The site then soon opened up to contributions from other young writers in Hong Kong before blossoming into a pan-Asian site. If you would like to find out more about the development of the site, you can go to:

I would like to thank all the contributors for their participation in the AsianVoices experience. I received a lot of pleasure and inspiration from reading their poetry and fiction.

~ Stephen Richards ( /

3 thoughts on “AsianVoices: Poetry and Prose by Young Asian Writers

  1. Dear Stephen,
    I am completing my second volume of “Asian Voices” which offers analysis of a broad cross-section of Asian texts including poetry, prose, film and memoirs. I have stumbled across your site and was wondering if your ex-students would like their work published and analysed. If suitable, they might even choose to write a short memoir piece that examines their poetic purpose and the issues they were exploring. The first volume did not feature any texts from Hong Kong composers and two of the poems that I would be interested in including are “Mother” from the ‘Destination’ group and ‘Cityscape’ from ‘Places’.
    It seems fated that some collaboration might be possible given that I have ttitled my educational resource books ‘Asian Voices’.
    You can view details about my work from my publisher’s site, including getting a sense of what ‘Asian Voices 1’ was like.

    Barbara Stanners

  2. Hi. Unfortunately, that web project was wrapped up around 12 years ago (with most of the entries having been posted 4 years before that), so I have long lost touch with almost all the writers (only some of whom were my students and none of whom were students at the school where I now teach). If I had been cleverer, I would have had them sign release forms allowing for the work to be republished, but that was my first such project.

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