This week we play our interview with poet, Kate Rogers, who has lived and worked in Hong Kong for many years. While visiting Cobourg in the summer, to read her poetry, she told us about living in Hong Kong and the strength of the protests by young people against the extradition law proposed by the Hong Kong government and the erosion of freedoms in the city. She respects and admires the protesters’ bravery and determination to continue their fight for their “Five demands, not one less” and is deeply concerned about the the growing violence of the police in the face of the protest movement. Kate also talks about her repatriation to Canada this month, and her concept of home.
Kate Rogers’ poetry has appeared in literary journals in the U.S., Canada, UK; Hong Kong; Japan and Malaysia. Highlights include World Literature Today; the Fieldstone Review (University of Saskatchewan); Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century; Algebra of Owls; Voice and Verse; Twin Cities Cinema (Hong Kong-Singapore); Juniper; The Guardian; Asia Literary Review; Cha: an Asian Literary Journal; The Goose: a journal of Arts, Environment and Culture; Many Mountains Moving and Kyoto Journal. Her poems won second place in the 2018-2019 Big Pond Rumours Contest. They have been shortlisted for the 2018 Vancouver Tagore Society Contest and the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Kate’s latest poetry collection is, “Out of Place” (Aeolus House–an imprint of Quattro Books– Toronto, 2017). Kate will repatriate to Canada from Hong Kong in late November 2019.