Discipline: Literature – poetry

Jennifer Chang

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Washington, D.C.
MacDowell Fellowships: 2002, 2009, 2016, 2023

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which received the 2018 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She was awarded the Levinson Prize from Poetry Magazine in 2023. She is the poetry editor of New England Review, co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a nonprofit organization that supports Asian American literature, and teaches at the University of Texas in Austin. An Authentic Life, her third book of poems, will be published in 2024 by Copper Canyon Press.

Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best American Poetry in 2012 and 2022, The New Yorker, The Pushcart Prizes Anthology, The New York Times, A Public Space, and Yale Review. Her essays on poetry, race, and culture have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Margins, New England Review, New Literary History, Blackwell’s Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture, and The Volta.

Throughout her MacDowell residencies, she has worked on A Move to Unction, her first collection of poems; a manuscript of poems then tentatively titled Stranger; and in 2023, she worked on new poems and continued work on a personal essay about NYC's Chinatown.

Portrait by Jessica Attie



Jennifer Chang worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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