Jenny Qi


San Francisco, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Jenny Qi is the author of Focal Point, winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York TimesThe Atlantic, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, Rattle, and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships and support from Tin House, Omnidawn, Kearny Street Workshop, and the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Born in Pennsylvania to Chinese immigrants, she grew up mostly in Las Vegas and Nashville and now lives in San Francisco, where she completed her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. She is working on more essays and poems and translating her late mother’s memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and immigration to the U.S.

Publications & Prizes

Tell Me Again: Poetry and Prose from the Healing Art of Writing, 2012 (University of California Press, 2012)
Focal Point (Steel Toe Books, 2021)
Atlantic Monthly
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Intima: Narrative Medicine
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San Francisco Chronicle
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TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics
The Quotable
Tin House
Vanderbilt Review
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2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award

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Identifies as: 
Asian American, Chinese American, Feminist
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Any, Illness/Wellness, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Women
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Las Vegas, NV
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Last update: Nov 03, 2021