Our Contributors

The following list is growing and updated regularly. It provides brief information about our reviewers, interviewers, essayists and illustrators. 

James Smith is Lecturer in English Literature at Royal Holloway University. He is the author of Samuel Richardson and the Theory of Tragedy (Manchester University Press).

Paul Fung is Assistant Professor at HSMC. His book, Dostoevsky and the Epileptic Mode of Being, was published in 2015 with Legenda.

Mary Jean Chan is a poet and editor from Hong Kong. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English, was selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. Mary Jean is a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic and co-editor of Oxford Poetry. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in 2019.

Kimberley Clarke is the co-editor of the HKRB. She is a postgraduate research student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong working on G.K. Chesterton and the concept of revolution. Her most recent articles have just been published in Politactics (Zero Books, 2016).

Karen Cheung is a senior reporter at Hong Kong Free Press and the Hong Kong desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific. She is also co-founder and managing editor of online music and culture magazine Still Loud. She has also contributed to Al Jazeera, openDemocracy and ChinaFile, amongst others.

Jay Parker is Assistant Professor of English at HSMC in Hong Kong. He has written articles on Joseph Conrad and Richard Rorty, and is working on a book, Conrad’s Liberalism: Violence and the Political Novel.

Steffanie Ling is a producer of criticism, pamphlets, short stories, essays, exhibitions, reviews, bluntness, anecdotes, shout outs, wrestling storylines, proposals, applications, jokes, readings, minimal poems, poems, dinner, compliments, and diatribes. She lives in Vancouver (Canada), frequenting grocery stores, the Cinematheque, and other air conditioned spaces. Her books are Cuts of Thin Meat (Spare Room, 2015) and Nascar (Blank Cheque, 2016).

Colin Lee Marshall is based in Seoul, South Korea. Several of his poetry reviews are available online, and a pamphlet of his visual poetry, Nidors, is available from Crater Press.

David Beer is Reader in Sociology at the University of York. His latest book Metric Power. Popular Culture and New Media: The Politics of Circulation (Palgrave) is now out in paperback.

Promise Li studies early modern English literature and critical theory at Occidental College. He is also an editorial assistant at Decalages: An Althusser Studies Journal and a member of Solidarity (U.S.).

Grant Hamilton is Associate Professor of English literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He teaches and writes in the areas of contemporary world literatures and literary theory. His latest books include The World of Failing Machines (Zero Books, 2016) and A Companion to Mia Couto (James Currey, 2016), co-edited with David Huddart.

Julian Feeld is a European writer, artist, and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder of Existential Gamer, a web magazine dedicated to gaming and technology. His literary fiction novels include Even the Red Heron, And We Came To Find It Beautiful, and Fire Hides Everywhere (Zero Books). His first film, SOIL, was selected by the Tokyo Lift Off Festival and the Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Frank G. Karioris is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Critical Gender Studies at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He works on issues related to higher education and gender, specifically looking at masculinity and issues of sociality/sexuality.

Janice Tsang is conducting postgraduate study in Postcolonialism and World Literatures at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Born in Hong Kong, she is interested in languages, religion, radical politics, and poetics. She is involved in various social movements.

Beverly Ngai is an undergraduate student studying English at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has just completed an internship at the Hong Kong Review of Books. 

Amy Hickman is a new media artist and PhD candidate at Curtin University. Her work and research are interdisciplinary, engaging with queer and feminist theory, networked technology, visual culture, and political philosophy.

Alexandre Leskanich read history, philosophy, and political theory at the universities of Leicester, Edinburgh, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently a PhD student in the department of Modern Languages , Literatures, and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the political and philosophical ramifications of the ‘Anthropocene’ as a contested categorisation in planetary history.

Fernanda Lai was born in Hong Kong and is a rising senior at Williams College Massachusetts, majoring in English and History.

Christopher Urban has written for the Paris Review Daily, The TLS, LA Review of Books, The Millions, and elsewhere.

Dominic Preston is a journalist and arts critic based in London. He is the Film Editor at Candid Magazine and an Executive Editor at Outermode, and contributes to Little White Lies, Thrillist, and Frontiers.

Rachel Fox is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Her research interests include postcolonialism, neo-imperialism, feminist literatures, perceptions and representations of Islam, visual media, and post-9/11 literature.

Nicole Mansour is originally from Sydney and is a graduate of the Actors Centre Australia, a former inhabitant of Buenos Aires, London, Melbourne, and Hong Kong. He has recently completed a BA in literature. Her writing has appeared online at Thresholds and Graphite, and her essay, ‘Beyond the Barren Landscape: Elizabeth Harrower’s A Few Days in the Country’ was longlisted for Thresholds 2016 Feature Competition.

Grafton Tanner is a writer and musician from Georgia. His writing has appeared in Paste magazine, Film Matters, and The Blue Indian, and his debut book is Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts  (Zero). He is a classically trained percussionist and music educator, and he writes and performs music as Superpuppet.

Timothy Ogene is the author of The Day Ends Like Any Day (Holland House, 2017).

R.M. Christofides is a Shakespeare scholar with interests in Cyprus and the Middle East. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Apocalypse: Visions of Doom from Early Modern Tragedy to Popular Culture (Bloomsbury) and numerous articles on the relationship between early modern culture and the present.

Francis Russell is a sessional academic at Curtin University where he teaches art theory and cultural studies. He has published texts in Deleuze Studies, Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy, and for a host of non-academic publications. His current research investigates the relationship between ambient aesthetics and the discourses that surround global warming and eco-crisis.

Edwin Montoya Zorrilla is a writer and lawyer living in Sydney, Australia. He writes on a range of topics within critical theory, politics, aesthetics, the environment, and law for his blog, Notes From The Wreck.

Gábor István Bíró is a PhD student of History and Philosophy of Science at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He teaches history and philosophy of science, science studies, history of economic thought and economics. His current research investigates  the economic thought of Michael Polanyi.

Stuart Walton is a journalist and the author of many books including Out Of It: A Cultural History of IntoxicationIn The Realm of the Senses: A Materialist Theory of Seeing and Feeling and a new novel The First Day in Paradise. He also writes on food and wine and spent many years writing for The Guardian.

Yunwen Gao is a PhD candidate of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Southern California. She is interested in Sinophone literature and culture, postcolonial studies, and language politics.

Tom Short is a Manchester-based journalist who usually writes about clubs and classical music for publications like The Skinny and The Strad. However, he would like to start writing more in cultural studies. Please let him know if you would prefer him not to.

Geoff Tibbs is a writer and artist, based in London and Kolkata. Also a practicing magician, he has written on the history of popular entertainment and performance magic. He is co-editor of Different Skies, which publishes new experiments in creative non-fiction, free prose and criticism.

Luke Cripps is a thinker, activist and radical theologian in Hobart, Tasmania. He facilitates the collective Bar(r)ed Subjects, who are committed to exploring living (and dying) well and sharing life in creative, heretical and often, frankly, failing ways.

Hirbohd Hedayat is a Master’s student in Political Science at Virginia Tech.

Łukasz Muniowski is a doctoral student at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland. In addition to digital game criticism, he has published articles on Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Hubert Selby Jr., and Jack Kerouac. His doctoral dissertation focusses on the achievements of leading NBA players after Michael Jordan.

Nicolas Hausdorf is an editor, analyst, and essayist. His essay “Superstructural Berlin”, an experimental sociology of Germany’s capital (with illustrations by Alexander Goller) has been published by Zero Books.

Jeremy Simmons is a writer, artist and game designer who keeps very late hours. His writing explores dreams (and nightmares), time and the inexplicable nature of the human condition. His work has appeared in Best Modern Voices, ShortVine and The News Record, among others

Jeffrey Tam is a writer and musician born and living in Hong Kong. His book reviews have appeared in both the Hong Kong Review of Books and the South China Morning Post. He also publishes videogame analysis at Existential Gamer.

Douglas Lain is a novelist whose books include Billy Moon (Tor Books) and After the Saucers Landed (Nightshade Books), which was nominated for the Phillip K. Dick Prize. He is also the publisher of Zero Books and the host of the weekly Zero Books podcast.

Joel Swann lives and works in Manchester.

Stephen Lee Naish‘s writing explores film, politics, and cultural theory. His writing has appeared, and is forthcoming in numerous journals and periodicals, including Candid Magazine, 3:AM, The Quietus, Film Matters, and Empty Mirror. He is the author of U.ESS.AY: Politics and Humanity in American Film (Zero Books), Create or Die: Essays on the Artistry of Dennis Hopper (Amsterdam University Press), and the forthcoming Deconstructing Dirty Dancing (Zero Books, April, 2017). He lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Maitrayee Deka is a postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.

Brandon Kemp is a writer and critic whose work focuses on the intersection of film, culture, and embodied experience. His work has been featured in the journal of Slavonic and Eastern European cultures Slovo. He tweets @BrandonMKemp.

Marcel Krueger is a German writer and translator living in Ireland who writes about places, their history and the journeys in between. His articles and essays have been published in the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Slow Travel Berlin, and CNN Travel, amongst others. Marcel also works as the Books Editor of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, and his latest book Babushka’s Journey: The Dark Road to Stalin’s Wartime Camps (I.B. Tauris, 2017) explores the wartime experiences of his grandmother and her journey to Russia in 1945 through a travel memoir. More info about Marcel can be found at www.kingofpain.org

Alfie Bown is an Assistant Professor of Literature in Hong Kong. He is the author of Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism  (Zero Books) and The PlayStation Dreamworld (forthcoming, Polity). He lives in Hong Kong with his wife Kim and tiny daughter Lyra.

Nadim Bakhshov is author of Against Capitalist Education (Zero Books) and the creator of a post-metaphysical skeletal art form, lying at the intersection of  neo-conceptual art, mathematics and ultra-theoretical philosophy.

Vladimir Rizov is a doctoral researcher in sociology at the University of York, United Kingdom. His research is on the practice of documentary photography, its history and its relation to the city; a key place in his research interests occupies the work of Walter Benjamin.

Jason Goldfarb is a PhD student at Duke University. Most recently, he has a forthcoming article in The International Journal of Žižek Studies and works on, among other projects, Dialectical Materialism, psychoanalysis, and German philosophy.

M. Munro is author of the open access chapbook, Theory is like a Surging Sea (Punctum Books, 2015) among other things.

Daniel Bristow is a scholar of psychoanalysis from the UK. Among other things he is the author of Joyce and Lacan: Reading, Writing, and Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2016) and the series editor of the Everyday Analysis book series.

Joseph Kang is a freelance writer living in Tokyo. He is interested in ethnic and cultural identity in modern Japan, postcolonial literature and the history and development of travel literature. In his free time he enjoys jazz guitar and mountain climbing.

Leo Cookman is a writer living in Brighton. His poetry has been published in Penguin’s Poetry of Sex, The Best of Manchester Poets, Black Sheep Journal, Ladybeard Magazine and BlankPages Magazine, among others.

Terence Blake is an Australian philosopher living and teaching in France. His principal research Interest is epistemological and ontological pluralism.

Angus Reoch is a Sydney-based writer, whose interests include political theory, social orders and austerity politics. He tweets on @jazzcriminal and blogs about political theory at https://sovereigntyinspace.wordpress.com/

C Derick Varn is a teacher, poet, and theorist living in Cairo. He is a reader for Zero Books and the editor of the online literary magazine, Former People.  His poetry has appeared in Axe Factory, Writing Disorder, Union Station, and Unlikely Stories.

Thomas Lynn is a thinker currently situated in Cincinnati. Among his preoccupations are the ways in which phenomenology can inform questions in current philosophy of mind, the relations between the analytic and Continental traditions in philosophy, and off the beat thinkers such as Jacques Ellus, Paul Feyerabend, or Michael Polanyi. He is also the host of Thinking Thomas, a channel dedicated to critical theory and an interview series with authors in theory and philosophy.

Adam Steiner‘s poetry and fiction appear in Proletarian Poetry, The Next Review, Fractured Nuance zine, BoscRev: 4 – and other publications. Adam was selected for the 2014 Ó Bhéal Coventry-Cork Twin Cities Poetry Exchange and was part of the Coventry SHOOT Festival. He is former Co-Editor of Here Comes Everyone magazine and his current project is www.disappear-here.org. His novel about the NHS, Politics of the Asylum, is forthcoming.

Jordan Skinner is trained in contemporary philosophy and its conceptual history at the Kingston University’s Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy and at Central European University’s Medieval Studies Department.

Mike Cormack is an editor, reviewer and writer who mainly focuses on China, where he lived from 2007-2014. He edited the magazine “Agenda” in Beijing. He is also currently working on a novel examining growing up in northern Scotland.

Kevin Forkan is the archivist at M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong. Prior to coming to Hong Kong, he held a number of archival positions, including at the National Archives of Ireland. Before this he was an historian of early modern Ireland and Britain, gaining his doctorate in 2003, and continues to write and publish in this field.

Sean Mahoney lives in New Zealand. He has attempted a range of projects and careers, all with limited success. He has published writing on a wide range of things from the Agrarian Socialist Thomas Spence to the England Cricket teams disastrous 1986 tour of the West Indies. His political and cultural analysis can be found here.

Tse Hao Guang 謝皓光 is the author of Deeds of Light, shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. He edits e-journal OF ZOOS and critical resource poetry.sgand is a 2016 fellow of the International Writing Program.

B. David Zarley is a freelance journalist and book/art critic based in Chicago. He is a contributing news and features writer for A Beautiful Perspective, book critic for Paste Magazine, and art critic for New American Paintings. His work has also been seen in The Atlantic, Hazlitt, Sports Illustrated, Jezebel, VICE, Sports on Earth, Chicago Magazine, and numerous other publications.

Brian Haman is the Book Review and Interview Editor of The Shanghai Literary Review. He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick in the UK, and his writing on Asian music and literature has appeared in The Guardian, South China Morning Post, Asian Review of Books, and Cha.

Karolinn Fiscaletti earned an MFA in poetry from Portland State University. Her work has appeared in Lana Turner, Fourteen Hills, The Gravity of the Thing, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

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Chloe Lim is a writer and outgoing graduate student at the University of Oxford researching English Literature from the 20th century to present. She specializes in trauma studies and diasporic fiction. Outside Oxford, she is a teacher based in Singapore.

M. Drew Williams is from Western New York. His poetry has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, publications such as Harpur PalateThe New Territory, and Midwestern Gothic. He holds an MFA from Creighton University.


The HKRB invites illustrators to contribute images to accompany reviews and other posts. Interested parties should contact the editors. Contributing illustrators are listed below. A special thanks to Roy Christopher who also designed all the HKRB logos and social media cover images.

Roy Christopher marshals the middle between Mathers and McLuhan. He was assistant editor of Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky’s Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Culture and Music (MIT Press, 2008), and his first book is Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear, 2007). He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests lie mainly in figurative language use and media theory. He is currently working on books about both. As a child, he solved the Rubik’s Cube competitively. He writes regularly at http://roychristopher.com

ChinHsin Esther Kao is an undergraduate at Wheaton College (IL) and double majors in English and Philosophy. She was the Critical Essay Editor for the college’s independent magazine The Pub and the Art Editor for Kodon. Esther also writes for the online publication The Odyssey and is interning for Inheritance magazine under Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. She loves anime, her pet snake, games of all sorts, and is currently studying abroad for the summer at Oxford University.

Hazel Lai is an undergraduate student of English at HSMC, Hong Kong. Her art can be seen at her Instagram page.