Stanford Cheung stands at the intersection of music and poetry where he cultivates diverse collaborations with both writers, visual and musical artists.
As a poet, Stanford’s work uses language to examine dystopian thought, often investigating topics that deal with separation and diaspora in today’s society. His first full-length collection of poems Structures from the Still, was released by Akinoga Press in 2018. Among his chapbooks published include Any Seam or Needlework (2016, Operating System), Kite Extenstion (2017, words(on)pages), and We Could Be Anything (2019, Crevasse Press), coauthored with poet Alvin Wong and photographer Scott Hunter. His poems appear in anthologies and magazines such as Nomadic Journal, Tokyo Poetry Journal, the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop, and Prompt.
Born into a family of musicians, Stanford holds a Fellowship from the Trinity College of London, U.K and has established himself as a musician of refined style reflected through his innovative penchant of repertoire choice. He has performed as a recitalist and soloist in venues across North America, Canada and Asia including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Hall (New York), The Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), and the Kusatsu Performance Centre (Tokyo). He is pursuing his graduate degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.