Desmond Kon


Author's Bio

Helming Squircle Line Press as its publisher and founding editor, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, "Singular Acts of Endearment" (Grey Sparrow Press), a hybrid work, "Babel Via Negativa" (Ethos Books), a neo-noir proem suite, "FOODPORN cum Maundy Thursday" (Glass Lyre Press), and seven poetry collections. The poetry books are titled: “I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist” (Math Paper Press), “The Arbitrary Sign” (Red Wheelbarrow Books), “Sanctus Sanctus Dirgha Sanctus” (Red Wheelbarrow Books), "Mirror Image Mirage" (Glass Lyre Press), "Phat Planet Cometh" (Glass Lyre Press), "The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love" (Glass Lyre Press), and "Thirty-Seven Reasons Red Is Rad" (Glass Lyre Press). Desmond has also edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books, two of which were anthologies “For the Love of God” and “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover aka Dead People, Flying Fishes And The Ones Who Missed The Boat”. The other titles span the genres of ethnography, journalism, creative writing, and corporate literature, some edited pro bono for non-profit organizations including Sok Sabay Cambodia, Riding for the Disabled Association, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, and SAGE Counselling Centre. A former entertainment journalist with “8 Days” magazine, Desmond has traveled 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. 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. 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, 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, Singapore National Poetry Festival, National Library Board, Ministry of Education, and The British Council.

Publications and Prizes


The Citizen's Biscuit Tin
(lu lu publishing,
Ormolu Chandelier and Walking Stick
(lu lu publishing,
Boat at Sandymount Strand
(lu lu publishing,
Whitman's Secret Staircase at Howth
(lu lu publishing,
Dress Shoes and Lemon Soap
(lu lu publishing,
Gorgonzola Cheese Sandwich
(lu lu publishing,
Singular Acts of Endearment
(Grey Sparrow Press,
The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love
(Glass Lyre Press,
Phat Planet Cometh
(Glass Lyre Press,
Thirty-Seven Reasons Red Is Rad
(Glass Lyre Press,
FOODPORN cum Maundy Thursday
(Glass Lyre Press,
Mirror Image Mirage
(Glass Lyre Press,


In Memoriam to a Marionette: Caudate Sonnet of the Year Ad Interim
(Silkworms Ink,
Let Dinggedicht Speak
(Silkworms Ink,
This Is Visual Poetry
500 Favourite Words
Dear Physical Environment
To Whose Mandolin It May Concern
Changeling in the Boustrophedon’s Outfield
(Right Hand Pointing,
When Dada Rewrote Koans
(Corollary Press,
Living Room Aphorisms: The Only Story Arc in Santa Monica
(lu lu publishing,


GASPP: A Gay Anthology of Singapore Poetry & Prose
(The Literary Centre,
The Kartika Review 2009-2010 Anthology
(Lulu Press,
Vol L: 50th Chapbook Anthology
(Silkworms Ink,
The Writing Disorder Anthology
(Lulu Press,
Voices Israel Anthology: Poetry From Israel & Abroad
(Voices Israel,
[C.]: An MLP Stamp Stories Project
(Mud Luscious Press,
In the Garden of the Crow
(Elektrik Milk Bath Press,
Read Write [Hand]: A Multidisciplinary Nick Cave Reader
(Silkworms Ink,
Poets Amongst Us: Aquillrelle Poetry Anthology
(lu lu publishing,
The Million-Line Poem
(Tupelo Press,
The Mo Chapbook: A Movember Special Edition
(Silkworms Ink,
Writings from the Heart: Stories and Poems from Around the World
(CreateSpace USA,
Sunrise From Blue Thunder: A Pirene's Fountain Anthology for Japan's Earthquake-Tsunami Relief
(lu lu publishing,
Scratch Anthology: Award-Winning Short Stories and Poetry
(CreateSpace USA,
Dreams, Shadows and Ashes: Prizewinning Poems
(Voices Israel,
For the Love of God: A Creative Anthology
(Beaumont Press,
One for the Love of God: A Music Tribute to Powerful Poetry
(Beaumont Press,
I'm A Volunteer Too: Forty Heartwarming Singaporean Stories
(Beaumont Press,
Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover aka Dead People, Flying Fishes And The Ones Who Missed The Boat
(Beaumont Press,
Impressions of a Pipa Player: Profiles of the World's Most Premier
(Beaumont Press,
Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize 2012 Anthology
(Little Red Tree Publishing,
Voices Israel Anthology: Poetry From Israel & Abroad
(Voices Israel,
Ekphrastia Gone Wild
(Ain't Got No Press,
Best of Pirene's Fountain
(Glass Lyre Press,
Malala: Poems For Malala Yousafzai
(FutureCycle Press,
Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore
(University of Hawaii Press,
Thirty Days: The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project's First Year
(Tupelo Press,


Harvard Review
The Pinch
Harpur Palate
Monkey Bicycle
New Orleans Review
Everyday Genius
Retort Magazine
Portland Review
Sonora Review
Seneca Review
Old Red Kimono
Xavier Review
Dirty Goat
Stylus Poetry Journal
Turning Wheel
Penwood Review
The Literary Bohemian
Cafe Irreal
Cerise Press
Kartika Review
Furnace Review
Breadcrumb Scabs
Pemmican Press
Blue Jew Yorker
Luna Park Review
Spilt Milk
Sein und Werden
The Nervous Breakdown
Transcendent Visions
Mascara Literary Review
Tupelo Press Poetry Project
Halfway Down the Stairs
The Bend
Lantern Review
Prick of the Spindle
The Writing Disorder
Folly Magazine
Trapeze Magazine
Notes from the Gean
50 to 1
Orion headless
Umbrella Factory Magazine
Write From Wrong Magazine
Grey Sparrow Journal
NANO Fiction
Journal of Truth and Consequence
Clutching at Straws
Copper Nickel
Caper Literary Journal
Sketchbook Journal
Wag's Revue
Burning Word
Spork Press
Pure Francis
Gone Lawn
Psychic Meatloaf
Silenced Press
Four and Twenty
Red Lion Square
Eighty Percent Magazine
REM Magazine
Exercise Bowler
The Legendary
Cyclamens and Swords
Sugar Mule
The Smoking Poet
Magnolia's Press
Barge Journal
The Oral Tradition
Mad Swirl
Red Ochre Lit
In Posse Review
Scholars & Rogues
Numinous: Spiritual Poetry
Whale Sound
The Rose & Thorn
Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
The Meadowland Review
Newport Review
Blood & Honey Review
Cricket Online Review
Bluestem News
Spilling Ink Review
The Cherry Blossom Review
The Citron Review
right hand pointing
Escape Into Life
Saltwater Press
Prime Number Magazine
Pirene's Fountain
Subliminal Interiors
Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices
Brink Magazine
Best Poem: A Literary Journal
The Corner Club Press
St. Sebastian Review
The Corner Club Press
Lily Lit Review
Marco Polo Quarterly
The Flea
Switched-On Gutenberg A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
The New Guard - Literary Review
Naugatuck River Review
Troubadour 21
The Monarch Review
Slab Literary Review
Sixers Review
The Meadowland Review
Smartish Pace
Cabinet des Fées
Physiognomy in Letters
Georgetown Review
Platte Valley Review
Ginosko Literary Journal
American Athenaeum
The Massachusetts Review
Niche Literary Magazine
noah magazine
Pithead Chapel
The Missing Slate
Poetry Super Highway
Mandala Journal
Soundings Review
Black Herald
Glint Literary Journal
The Brooklyner
Hamilton Stone Review
The Drunken Boat
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 (Metaphysical [Bronze] & Inspirational Fiction [Silver]); 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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G/L/B/T, Other
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Fluent in: 
Chinese, English

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
“Zen and Comparative Studies” by Masao Abe; “Rooms Are Never Finished” by Agha Shahid Ali; “Yehuda Amichai: A Life of Poetry 1948-1994” by Yehuda Amichai; “Reading Seminar XX: Lacan’s Major Work on Love” by Suzanne Barnard & Bruce Fink (Eds.); “The Neutral” by Roland Barthes; "Library: An Unquiet History" by Matthew Battles; "Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews With Hunter S. Thompson" by Anita Thompson (Ed.); “Girly Man” by Charles Bernstein; "Romaji Diary and Sad Toys" by Takuboku Ishikawa; "The Country is Yours: Contemporary Nepali Literature" by Manjushree Thapa (Trans.); "How the Two Ivans Quarrelled" by Nikolai Gogol; "Steppenwolf" by Hermann Hesse; "The Infinite Conversation" by Maurice Blanchot; “Languages of the Unsayable: The Play of Negativity in Literature and Literary Theory” by Sanford Budick & Wolfgang Iser (Eds.); “Interrupting Derrida” by Geoffrey Bennington; “History, Theory, Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn” by Elizabeth A. Clark; "The Utopian Function of Art and Literature" by Ernst Bloch; “A Faithful Existence” by Forrest Gander; "Metaphysics and Transcendence" by Arthur Gibson; “Sensible Ecstasy: Mysticism, Sexual Difference, and the Demands of History” by Amy Hollywood; “T. S. Eliot’s Civilized Savage” by Laurie J. MacDiarmid; "Monsieur Pain" by Roberto Bolano; "Vacation of a Lifetime" by Andrea Brady; “The Erotic Phenomenon” by Jean-Luc Marion; “New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories” by Adalaide Morris & Thomas Swiss (Eds.); "Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time" by Gary S. Morson; “Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge” by Harryette Mullen; "A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Writers of the Bay Area" by Sarah Rosenthal (Ed.); "Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir" by Anatole Broyard; "Letters to Milena" by Franz Kafka; “Poems Retrieved” by Frank O’Hara; "Other Selves: Philosophers on Friendship" by Michael Pakaluk (Ed.); “Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary” by Marjorie Perloff; “Foucault, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue” by Henrique Pinto; “Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism” by Gershom Scholem; “Far Side of the Earth” by Tom Sleigh; "The Good Soul of Szechaun" by Bertolt Brecht; "Socrates and Aristophanes" by Leo Strauss; "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman; “On the Shore of Nothingness: A Study in Cognitive Poetics” by Reuven Tsur

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