• About

     

    Mary Jean Chan (b. 1990) is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber (2019).

     

    Her work has appeared in The 2018 Forward Book of Poetry, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, PN Review, Ambit, The Rialto, The London Magazine, Oxford Poetry, Callaloo Journal, The Asian American Writers' Workshop (Transpacific Literary Project), Magma, The Scores, Tongue: A Journal of Writing and Art and English: Journal of the English Association. Her debut pamphlet, "A Hurry of English", is published by ignitionpress (February 2018), with a selection of work forthcoming from Carcanet New Poetries VII.

     

    A recent graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Oxford, Mary Jean served as Vice-President of the Oxford University Poetry Society (2014-2015). She received the 2015 University of London MA Creative Writing Prize, along with fellowships from VONA and Callaloo, and is currently a PhD candidate, Research Associate and Visiting Lecturer in Poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her article on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen was published in The Journal of American Studies (2018).

     

    She has been shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, the 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize and the 2016 Resurgence Poetry Prize, and is the winner of the 2017 PSA/Journal of Postcolonial Writing Postgraduate Essay Prize, the 2017 Psychoanalysis and Poetry Competition, the 2017 Poetry Society Members' Poetry Competition and the 2016 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition (ESL).

     

    Mary Jean is currently nominated for the 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry, and was chosen as one of 2018's Best New British and Irish Poets. She is a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic and an Editor at Oxford Poetry.

  • Poems

    Online Publications

     

    " // " 

    Ambit (Shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem)

     

    "what my mother (a poet) might say" 

    The Poetry Review

     

    "Wet Nurse" 

    The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, Winner (ESL), 2016

     

    "They Would Have All That" 

    The London Magazine

     

    "At the Castro" 

    Bare Fiction Magazine

  • Pamphlet

    Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre (ignitionpress)

    A Hurry of English
    $5.00
    "Sparkling and vulnerable, A Hurry of English marks the arrival of an essential new voice." - Sarah Howe
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  • Reviews & Essays

    Selected Publications

    Published by U.S. Studies Online: Forum for New Writing

    Published by Oxford Poetry XVII.i

    Published by The Poetry Review (Winter 2017)

    Published by Wild Court, King's College London (2017)

  • Articles

    Selected Publications

    Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters (2016)

  • TeD tALK

    TEDxSwarthmore

    31 March 2012

    What Makes a Good Society?

  • Appearances

    Dates

    2018

     

    24 Jan: Panelist, Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics, the University of Birmingham

    8 Feb: Reading, Poetry London: Spring 2018 Readings, Kings Place, London

    15 Feb: Reading, Waterstones at Tottenham Court Road with the Lodestone Poets, London

    22 Feb: Reading, International Mother Languages Day, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

    27 Feb: Reading, Chinese New Year Cultural Evening, King's College London.

    7 Mar: Reading, ignitionpress Pamphlet Launch, The Poetry Cafe, London

    8 Mar: Reading, ignitionpress Pamphlet Launch, Society Cafe, St Michael's Street, Oxford

    25 Mar: Reading, ignitionpress Pamphlet Launch, The Oxford Literary Festival, St. Cross College, Oxford

    11 Apr: Reading, ignitionpress Pamphlet Launch, Garden Room, Castle House, School of English, St. Andrews

    12 Apr: Reading, ignitionpress Pamphlet Launch, Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh

    23 Apr: Talk, Celebration of Adrienne Rich with Poet in the City, Wilton's Music Hall, London

    24 Apr: Reading & Panelist, TOAST Poets, The Harrison, London

    28 May: Reading, Poetry Night at the Troubadour, London

    30 Jun: Panelist, Poetry & Psychoanalysis Conference, The Institute of Psychoanalysis, London

     

    2017

     

    Dec: Reading, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

    Nov: Reading & Talk, Hong Kong International Literary Festival, HK

    Oct: Reading, Oxford Poetry Library Fundraiser, Oxford

    Oct: Panelist, Poets and Publishers, Poetry Swindon Festival, Swindon

    Sept: Reading, The Forward Prizes for Poetry​, Royal Festival Hall, London

    July: Reading, Transatlantic Poetry, a global, live-streamed event

    July: Reading, Poem-a-Thon, The Poetry Cafe, London

    July: Moderator, English Association Literary Salon with Helen Mort, Newcastle

    July: Panelist, English Shared Futures Conference, Newcastle Civic Center, Newcastle

    June: Reading, Poetry and Psychoanalysis Conference, Institute of Psychoanalysis, London

    May: Panelist, Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000 Conference, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford

    May: Reading, Free Verse: The Poetry Magazine Fair, The Betsey Trotwood, London

    May: Moderator, Creating China: Creative Writing Across Genres, China Exchange, London

    Apr: Reading, The Poetry Review, House of Illustration Gallery, London

    Apr: Reading, Bare Fiction Magazine, Waterstones, Birmingham

    Apr: Reading, Launch of Ticker Tape, George Street Social, Oxford

    Mar: Reading & Panelist, Poetics of Home Conference, The Institute of English Studies, London

    Feb: Moderator, Poets: Sarah Howe, Hannah Lowe & Jennifer Wong, Goodenough College, London

    Jan: Reading, Keats Celebration on the Eve of St. Agnes, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

  • Photo: Mary Jean Chan © Forward Prizes 2017

  • Contact

    Twitter: @maryjean_chan

    Agent: Emma Paterson

     

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