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Ching-In Chen

Author's Bio

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press 2009) and a multi-genre, border-crossing writer. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman and Lambda Fellow. A community organizer, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. Her work has been recently published in Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Water~Stone Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Rio Grande Review, Cha, Verdad and the anthology Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves. Ching-In has also been awarded residencies and fellowships from the Voices of Our Nations Foundation, Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, and the Paden Institute. She is currently in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009)
Journals:
Crate, Fifth Wednesday Journal, In Our Own Words, New Verse News, OCHO, Tea Party Magazine
Prizes:
Pushcart Nomination for “With,” published in Iron Horse Literary Review Eaton Best Science Fiction Story Contest Winner for “Kawanies, Colony” Finalist, Borders Open-Door Poetry Contest for “Black Light” and “Two Truth and a Lie” Honorable Mention for “Two River Girls,” Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award Writer Conferences and Center's Scholarship Competition Winner, Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Ching-In Chen Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Asian American Art: a History, 1850-1970 by Gordon H. Chang, The Island of Lost Luggage by Janet McAdams, Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Lisa L. Moore & Sharon Bridgforth, from unincorporated territory [saina] by Craig Santos Perez, The Black Automaton by Doug Kearney
Favorite Books:
Dance Dance Revolution by Cathy Park Hong, Shut Up Shut Down by Mark Nowak, The Arrival by Shaun Tan, Dien Cai Dau by Yusef Komunyakaa, Names Above Houses by Oliver de la Paz, Cultural Evidence by Catalina Cariaga, Macnolia by A. Van Jordan, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, Pamela Lu: A Novel by Pamela Lu, One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry, A Step From Heaven by An Na, Trumpet: a Novel by Jackie Kay, Changing by Lily Hoang
Favorite Authors:
Juan Felipe Herrera, Kimiko Hahn, Myung Mi Kim, Claudia Rankine, Terrance Hayes, Sarah Gambito, Sharon Bridgforth

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Listing last updated: June 9, 2011

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Chinese American, G/L/B/T
Born in:
Binghamton, NY
Raised in:
MA

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