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Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang has received degrees from the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and Stanford University, as well as an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

She is the author of OBIT (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), winner of the 2018 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and nominated for a National Book Award; Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press, 2017); and The Boss (McSweeney’s, 2013), winner of a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award, among others.

Chang is also the author of the middle grade novel in verse Love, Love (Sterling Children's Books, 2020) and the picture book Is Mommy? (Beach Lane Books, 2015), illustrated by Marla Frazee, as well as the editor of the anthology Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press, 2004).

Of her work, Ilya Kaminsky writes, “To say simply that Chang takes the Modernist’s music and makes it new again, makes it alive, is to say only half-truth, for she truly re-inhabits it, re-kindles the flame. This radically new music is political, yes, but it is also ecstatic.”

Chang, who received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, serves as a contributing editor of Copper Nickel, a poetry editor of Tupelo Quarterly, and a contributing editor for On the Seawall. She is the Program Chair of Antioch University’s low-residency MFA Program. She was the Poem-a-Day Guest Editor for May 2019, and lives in Los Angeles. 

Victoria Chang
Photo credit: Margaret Molloy
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