‘The Smell of Home: Letter from Hong Kong’, The Poetry Review 106, no. 3 (2016).

‘Duck/Rabbit’: I wrote a guest post about my poem ‘Sirens’ for the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog, on metaphor, mental images and other hybrid creatures (2015).

‘On “Relativity”: Writing a Sonnet for Stephen Hawking’, an essay about my poem and the physics that inspired it on the Paris Review Blog (2015).

‘Sarah Howe on Going Home’, the story behind Loop of Jade on the LRB Bookshop Blog (2015).

I wrote a ‘How I did It’ feature for the Poetry School and Forward Prizes, describing the evolution of my poem ‘Crocodile’ (2015).

For The Poetry Review’s ‘Behind the Poem’ feature, I wrote about the inspiration for two of the poems in my book’s Borges-inspired sequence (2014).

I wrote a piece about the Chinese travels that lie behind my collection, Loop of Jade, for the Best American Poetry Blog (2013).



‘The Sound of Her Voice’: an interview with Lily Blacksell for the Boston Reivew (2016).

‘Prize-winning Hong Kong-born poet Sarah Howe makes verse of city’s Basic Law’: an interview with Clare Tyrell-Morin for the South China Morning Post Magazine (2016).

‘The Freedom Poetry Allows’: an interview for the New York-based NeueJournal (2016).

‘On Changing British Poetry’: an interview with Greg McCartney for The Honest Ulsterman (2016).

Interview with Patricia McCarthy for Agenda: New Generation Poets, 49 (2016).

Interview with Wai-Foong Ng for Suit & Pie (2016).

‘Sarah Howe: Remaking memory’: an interview with Mark Reynolds at Bookanista (2015).

An Interview for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award published at the Workshy Fop (2015).

Forward-Prizes Q&A on my development as a poet and advice for poets just setting out (2015).

Interview about my two poems in US journal, Transom (no. 5 ‘Neither Now Nor England’) (2013).

‘What do dreams and poems have in common?’ Interview for the Poetry School Blog (2013).


Essays & Reviews

‘Hauntings of Home’, Review of Xiaolu Guo, Once Upon a Time in the East & Yiyun Li, Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life, TLS (May 24, 2017).

‘Feet in the Puddle’, Review of Elizabeth S. Dodd and Cassandra Gorman, editors, Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth-Century Thought, TLS (February 2, 2017).

‘The Feel of Thinking’, Essay on the texture of thought in Denise Riley and John Ashbery, Poetry London 82 (2015).

‘Poets Reading: Sarah Howe on Peter Streckfus’, The Poetry Review 105, no. 3 (2015).

‘Exploring Metaphor’, Essay forYoung Poets Network (2015).

Reviews of Arundhathi Subramaniam, When God is a Traveller & Pascale Petit, Fauverie, The Poetry Review 105, no. 1 (2015).

Reviews of Lavinia Greenlaw, A Double Sorrow & Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales, Poetry London 79 (2014).

Reviews of Tiffany Atkinson, So Many Moving Parts & Zoë Skoulding, The Museum of Disappearing Sounds, Poetry Wales 50 (2014).

‘Painted grapes’, Essay on Ben Lerner, Oxford Poetry 100 Years (2014).

Reviews of Philip Gross, Deep Field & Robert Minhinnick, New Selected Poems, New Welsh Review 97 (2012).

‘Skipping to the Apocalypse’, Essay on three young US women poets [Elyse Fenton, Dora Malech, & Darcie Dennigan], New Welsh Review 96 (2012).

‘To Imagine the Future’, Review of Sea Change by Jorie Graham, PN Review 185 (Jan/Feb 2009).

‘Elegy for Gurney’, Review of In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric, London Review of Books 30 no. 23 (4 Dec 2008).


‘To China’

In August 2013 I spent a week as guest blogger for the Best American Poetry. My five essays, which charted my literary travels through China, can be read in their archives:

I. That Blue Flower on the Map

II. Du Fu’s Cottage

III. The Library Cave

IV. Possession Point

V. Books from the Sky


Prac Crit

I also write regularly on poetry and poetics for Prac Crit, the online journal I co-edit with Dai George and Vidyan Ravinthiran. Here is a selection of recent pieces:

Interview with Jorie Graham on her poem, ‘Cryo’

Essay on ‘Tuscan Sequence’ by Toby Martinez de las Rivas

Interview with Andrea Brady on her poem, ‘Song for Florida 2’

Interview with Brenda Shaughnessy on her poem, ‘Artless’

Essay on ‘The Catch’ by James Goodman