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Eileen Pun was born in New York, US and now lives in Grasmere, Cumbria where she works as a freelance writer, poet and artist. She is the daughter of Haitian and Haitian-Chinese parents and emigrated to England after studying Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University. She is a former literature intern at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere and has worked in publishing at Carcanet Press, Manchester and The New World Press, Beijing.
In 2009, Eileen won the Manchester Metropolitan University and Royal Northern College of Music, Rosamond Prize for best collaborative piece of poetry and music. She was subsequently commissioned to write a short chamber opera, The Red Knot, which concerns the 2004 Morecambe Bay tragedy of Chinese working migrants caught by the tide; examining migration, environment and loss.
In 2011, Eileen was selected as an Escalator prize-winner by Writers’ Centre Norwich and also awarded a writing and research grant by Arts Council England. Her work has recently been published in several young poets anthologies, including a showcase of new Black and Asian writing in the UK: ‘Ten, The New Wave’ published by Bloodaxe (2014).
In 2015, Eileen was a recipient of the UK Northern Writer’s Award (England). She also received a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship (LUTSF) to China in support of her interdisciplinary work in movement and poetry, and was invited to the inaugural Sun Yat-Sen University International Writers’ Residency where she presented her poetry and conducted a seminar for the English Poetry Studies Institute (EPSI).
In March 2016 Eileen was invited as a guest reader for a residential to the Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank for Creative Writing.