Ching-In Chen

Riverside, CA

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

The Heart's Traffic
(Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009)
Crate, Fifth Wednesday Journal, In Our Own Words, New Verse News, OCHO, Tea Party Magazine
Prizes Won: 
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

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

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Chinese American, G/L/B/T
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Last updated: Jun 09, 2011