• About

     

    Mary Jean Chan is the author of Flèche, published by Faber & Faber (2019) and Faber USA (2020). Flèche won the Costa Book Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award.

     

    Chan won the 2018 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2017 and 2019, receiving an Eric Gregory Award in 2019. Their writing has been featured in or is forthcoming from The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Guardian, Granta and The London Review of Books. Chan's poems have been translated into multiple languages, including Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Galician, Greek and Romanian.

     

    Chan was guest co-editor with Will Harris at The Poetry Review in Spring 2020, and recently co-edited 100 Queer Poems (Vintage Books, 2022) with Andrew McMillan. A recent Visiting Writer at the NTU Asia Creative Writing Programme in Singapore, Chan serves as a tenured Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, and as a supervisor on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chan lives in Oxford.

  • Winner of the Costa book Award for Poetry

    A Poetry Book Society Recommendation

     

    Reviews

     

    [An] extraordinary, brilliant and searingly honest collection...beautifully governed by formal rigour and literary excellence. – The Poetry Review

     

    [Chan] is one of those rare poets who leave you looking up with a sense that you can engage even the smallest part of the world around you with a much greater intensity. –​ PN Review

     

    Chan has picked a perfect title, one that is as expansive and evocative as the poems that it encompasses. –​ The Hong Kong Review of Books

     

    As [a] governing metaphor and organising principle...the sport [of fencing] provides enlivening strategies for the poetic realisation of loss and rebellion. –​ The Guardian

  • New Poems

    Selected Publications

     

    New Statesman

    New Republic

    Five Dials

  • Anthologies

    Selected Publications

    Carcanet Press (2018)

    Boiler House Press (2018)

    Bad Betty Press (2018)

    Penguin Random House (2020)

    Princeton University Press (2020)

    Picador Books (2021)

    Vintage Books (2022)

  • Events

    Dates

    2022

     

    Some of the following events may take place online

     

    18 Jan: Reading, Dún Laoghaire Lexicon Library & Cultural Centre

    3 Feb: Reading, English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University

    21 Mar: Reading, "Poetry As/And Criticism", Maynooth University

    26 Mar: Reading and Q&A, The MSt in Creative Writing, Oxford

    5 Apr: Reading, The 2022 Think Human Festival, Oxford Brookes

    12 Apr: Moderator, Diana Bellessi with Leo Boix, Oxford Brookes

    21 Apr: Reading, Sylvia Legris & Mary Jean Chan, Granta Books

    17 May: Reading, Kayo Chingonyi & Mary Jean Chan, Birkbeck

    19 May: Reading, Theo Kwek & Mary Jean Chan, Kellogg College

    26 May: Judge, Jhalak Prize Awards Ceremony, The British Library

    4 June: Reading, Pride Month Panel, Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford

    9 June: Reading, Oxford Review of Books June Issue Launch, Oxford

    11 June: Reading, Poetry Showcase, The Welshpool Poetry Festival

    5 Aug: Reading, "subTEXT x SAM", The Singapore Art Museum

    12 Aug: Reading, "We'll Tell You Everything", Sing Lit Station

    21 Aug: Reading, Asia Creative Writing Programme Showcase

    22 Sept: Reading, East Side Voices, Daunt, Summertown, Oxford

    27 Sept: Moderator, 100 Queer Poems panel, Topping & Co., Bath

    4 Oct: Reading, The Abingdon Literary Society, Abingdon School

    19 Oct: Judge, Wasafiri New Writing Prize Awards Ceremony, London

    19 Nov: Reading, Oxford University Poetry Society, Worcester College

     

    2021

     

    16 Feb: Literature, Film & Theatre Seminars, University of Essex

    17 Feb: The Centre for Poetry & Poetics, University of Sheffield

    18 Feb: Foyle Young Poets Showcase, Poetry Society, London

    23 Feb: LGBTQ History Month, Putney High School, London

    27 Feb: Mary Jean Chan & Karen Solie, Kendal Poetry Festival

    5 Mar: Talk, The Cambridge Union, University of Cambridge

    8 Mar: Reading, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

    20 Mar: Reading, MSt Creative Writing, University of Oxford

    8 Apr: Reading & Poetry Prize Ceremony, Swarthmore College

    10 Apr: Celebration of Nathalie Anderson, Swarthmore College

    16 Apr: Desert Island Poems, The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival

    22 Apr: Natalie Diaz with Mary Jean Chan, Manchester Lit Fest

    29 Apr: Oxplore Book Club (Live Poetry), University of Oxford

    6 May: The Herbert Society, Jesus College, University of Oxford

    21 May: The Creative Industries Festival, Oxford Brookes University

    1 June: The 33rd Lambda Annual Literary Awards, A Virtual Ceremony

    13 June: Mary Jean Chan & Will Harris, Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics

    29 June: Professionalising Your Poetry, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

    16 Sept: Reading and Q&A with Mary Jean Chan, University of Hong Kong

    25 Sept: Writers and Migrants, Poetics of Home, A Chinese Diaspora Festival

    3 Oct: Language, Home and Self, Poetics of Home, A Chinese Diaspora Festival

    10 Oct: Mary Jean Chan, Andrew McMillan & Paul Mendez, Cheltenham Lit Fest

    20 Oct: Reading by Mary Jean Chan, Inventions of the Text, Durham University

    22 Oct: Kazim Ali, Mary Jean Chan & Cole Swenson, The Big Poetry Weekend

    28 Oct: Reading and Q&A, Mary Jean Chan, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

    5 Nov: Reading and Q&A, Mary Jean Chan, Oxford High School, Oxford

    10 Nov: Mary Jean Chan, Yousif Qasmiyeh & Ruth Padel, ORB, Oxford

    6 Dec: Reading and Q&A, Mary Jean Chan, The University of Liverpool

     

    2020

     

    28 Jan: The Costa Book Awards Ceremony, Quaglino's, London

    10 Feb: The Think Human Festival, Oxford Brookes University

    22 Feb: The Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome

    9 Mar: Letters Home by Jennifer Wong, Poetry Cafe, London

    8 May: Q&A with Kenny Leck, BooksActually, Singapore

    14 May: International Dylan Thomas Awards Ceremony

    15 May: Jhalak Prize, The Author's Club Online Lit Fest

    29 May: Books Are Magic Readings, New York, USA

    7 June: Words and Swords, The York Festival of Ideas

    19 June: Masterclass, Scottish BAME Writers Network

    28 June: Moving House by Theophilus Kwek, Carcanet Press

    2 July: Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Awards Ceremony

    5 July: Ledbury Poetry Festival: Cathy Park Hong and Will Harris

    9 July: UCL Take Flight Hub, Sustaining Your Career as a Poet

    14 July: The National Literacy Trust Readings, Instagram Live

    16 July: HSS Research Series, Oxford Brookes University

    29 July: Queer Poetry Writing Week, Arvon at Home

    5 Aug: The Poetry Book Society Virtual Book Club

    24 Aug: The Edinburgh International Book Festival

    19 Sept: The Hong Kong Shuffle Online Readings

    1 Oct: National Poetry Day, Queen Anne's School

    3 Oct: What We Read Now: An Online Poetry Series

    11 Oct: Rainbow Writes: funded by FRIDA, Malaysia

    7 Nov: Spoke and Bird, A Poetry Open Mic, Singapore

    11 Nov: Literary Society, St Paul's Girls' School, London

    15 Nov: The Hong Kong International Literary Festival

    20 Nov: Queer Reads Library (Bilingual), Hong Kong

    28 Nov: Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Poetry Festival, Cork

  • Media

    Readings and Interviews

    January 2020

    Faber & Faber

    March 2021

    The Cambridge Union

  • Contact

    Agent: Emma Paterson

    emma@aitkenalexander.co.uk

     

    Publicity: Kate Burton

    kate.burton@faber.co.uk