Discipline: Literature – poetry

Jennifer Tseng

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Santa Cruz, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2022

Poet and fiction writer Jennifer Tseng was born in Indiana and raised in California by a Chinese immigrant engineer and a first generation German American microbiologist. Her first book The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005) won the 2005 Asian American Writers' Workshop's National Poetry Manuscript Competition and a 2006 PEN American Center Open Book Award. Her second book Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013), winner of the Marick Press Poetry Prize, features Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen, and her debut novel Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness is forthcoming from Europa Editions. She is currently the Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Studios

Wood

Jennifer Tseng 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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