Wednesday, January 11, 2017

[Poet Spotlight] Jennifer S. Cheng

Jennifer S. Cheng, is the award-winning author of House A (Omnidawn 2016). She received her BA from Brown University, MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, and MFA in Poetry from San Francisco State University.

HOUSE A was selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize. She is also the author of Invocation: An Essay (New Michigan Press), a chapbook in which fragments of text, photographs, found images, and white space influence one another to create meaning.

A U.S. Fulbright scholar, Kundiman fellow, and Bread Loaf work-study scholar, she is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Award, the Ann Fields Poetry Award, the Mid-American Review Fineline Prize, and two 2015 Pushcart Prize nominations.

Her poetry and lyric essays appear in Tin House, Web Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, AGNI, The Normal School, The Volta, Tupelo Quarterly, Seneca Review, Fifty-Fifty (an anthology of Hong Kong writing), and elsewhere. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she currently lives in rapture of the coastal prairies of northern California. She participates in women-curated adventures at Drop Leaf Press. You can visit her at

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