Discipline: Literature – poetry

Wo Chan

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Wo Chan is a poet and drag performer. Wo’s poems appear in POETRY, Mass Review, WUSSY, No Tokens, The Margins, and further are anthologized in Vinegar & Char (University of Georgia Press), Go Home! (Feminist Press), and Bettering American Poetry (Bettering Books). They have received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Kundiman, the Asian American Writers Workshop.

As a standing member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and BAM Fisher. They are a regular guest on Sasha Velour's Nightgowns and have performed in operas, music videos, cabarets, and short films. Wo was born in Macau, China, and currently lives in New York. Find them at @theillustriouspearl

Portrait by AJ Jordan



Wo Chan worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to…

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