These poems were written while Eileen Chong was an Australian Poetry Fellow in 2011–2012, mentored by Anthony Lawrence. The book was edited by Judith Beveridge, who taught Eileen Chong poetry in a higher degree program at the University of Sydney
In 2012 Burning Rice was highly commended for the Anne Elder Award for a first collection of poetry published in Australia. In June 2013 it was shortlisted for the Prime Minster’s Literary Award for poetry.
The first edition of Burning Rice was published by Australian Poetry in 2012 as part of its New Voices series and sold out in record time. Pitt Street Poetry is proud to issue the second edition of this popular collection in a convenient pocket paperback format.