Wednesday, January 25, 2017

[Poet Spotlight] Jane Wong

Today's Poet Spotlight is Jane Wong, who holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Kundiman Fellow. I've been very excited to see where she's taking her work, and I've found her and her students to be very engaging and thoughtful as they approach the question of poetics in our life stories. I'd definitely recommend giving her TEDx talk a listen to get a sense of her approach.

She is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center.  One of my favorite projects of hers is The Poetics of Haunting which is a wonderful model for how we might do further Asian American poetry presentations.

The recipient of The American Poetry Review’s 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, her poems have appeared in journals such as Pleiades, The Volta, Third Coast, and the anthologies Best American Poetry 2015 (Scribner), Best New Poets 2012 (The University of Virginia Press) and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press).

Her chapbooks include: Dendrochronology (dancing girl press), Kudzu Does Not Stop (Organic Weapon Arts), and Impossible Map (Fact-Simile). She is the author of OVERPOUR (Action Books, 2016).

Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University. You can follow her online at

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