Sunday, April 04, 2010

Asian American Poet Spotlight: Sandy Tseng

With the AWP conference in Denver just around the corner, it's a fine time to highlight one of Colorado's Asian American poets, Sandy Tseng. I interviewed her last year during the release of her first book, Sediment.

photo by Mark Chen

Sediment was released by Four Way Books, collecting her work for the very first time.  Tseng's poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Fugue, Hunger Mountain, The Nation, Third Coast, and other magazines. She has also been anthologized in Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves (Deep Bowl Press, 2008).

I particularly enjoy her poems City View and The Bypass. There's good control within them and lingering imagery.

She's also received The Nation's 2006 Discovery Award, and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Vira I. Heinz Foundation. As you can see, she's been active, and also participated in residencies from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches writing at Metropolitan State College of Denver. You can visit her online at

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