Poet and fiction writer Jennifer Tseng was born in Indiana and raised in California by a first generation Chinese engineer and a third generation German American microbiologist. Her flash fiction collection, The Passion of Woo & Isolde (Rose Metal Press 2017), was a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and her novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015), was shortlisted for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award. MAYUMI is available in English, Italian, and Danish.
She's also the author of three award-winning books of poetry, The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005); the bilingual Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013) featuring Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen; and Not so dear Jenny (Bateau Press 2017), poems made with her Chinese father’s English letters.
Tseng earned an MA in Asian American Studies at UCLA, an MFA in creative writing at University of Houston, and she was twice a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has taught creative writing and Asian American Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Formerly Visiting Core Faculty at Oregon State University Cascades' Low Residency MFA program, she's currently an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz.
You can follow @tsengisland on Instagram. Tseng also collaborates with her sister, visual artist Amanda Tseng, on Instagram @tseng.sisters. View a collection of images and literary ephemera curated under the star of Tseng's bilingual book Red Flower, White Flower Tumblr and visit Tseng's author page on Facebook.
Note: Tseng's FB page was started by Dede Auyong and is managed by Sue Coyle.
To write to Tseng directly, see Contact page. Thank you.
BUY MAYUMI HERE: Bookshop Santa Cruz & HERE: Bunch of Grapes
Childhood photo by James H.W. Tseng