Fellow: Awarded 2017
Field of Study: Poetry
Competition: US & Canada
Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the fall of 2017. Her prior book, The Boss, published by McSweeney's (2013), won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her second book of poems, Salvinia Molesta was selected to be a part of the Virginia Quarterly Review Poetry Series, published by the University of Georgia Press (2008) and was a finalist for a California Book Award. Her first book of poems, Circle, won the Crab Orchard Review Open Competition, published by Southern Illinois University Press (2005) and won the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. She edited an anthology, Asian American Poets: The Next Generation, published by the University of Illinois Press (2004). Her poems have appeared in numerous publications such as Poetry, The New Republic, New England Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, Harvard Review, Waxwing, Blackbird, and The Washington Post.
Her picture book, Is Mommy?, illustrated by Marla Frazee and published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster (2015) was named a New York Times Notable Book.
She was educated at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award, as well as Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers where she received a Holden Fellowship. She lives in Southern California with her family and two wiener dogs, Mustard and Ketchup. She worked in business for nearly two decades, and currently teaches at Chapman University and Orange County School of the Arts.
Her Twitter handle is @VChangPoet
Photograph credit: PEN Center USA