Janelle Tan is a Singaporean poet in New York City.










Janelle Tan is a Pushcart Prize- and Best of the Net-nominated poet living in Brooklyn. Born and raised in Singapore, she is an MFA candidate in poetry and teaches creative writing at New York University. Work appears or is forthcoming in The Southampton Review, Winter Tangerine, Nat. Brut, The Boiler, and elsewhere. She is Web Editor at Washington Square Review and reads for Perugia Press. She graduated with highest honors in English and Philosophy from Smith College. The only heaven she believes in is a basket of soup dumplings.




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Publications

Nonfiction

"Failed Cento in an Attempt to Make Sense", The Southampton Review, forthcoming

A Speck of Light on Blind Spots: Review of Esmé Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias“, Singapore Unbound
Poems

2020

"When Walking, I Keep My Eyes Straight Ahead", Winter Tangerine, forthcoming


2019


"Dancing", Nat. Brut

"Literacy", republished in Slant'd

"I Don't Know What Will End First: Us, or My Visa", Bodega (nominated for a Pushcart Prize)

"Clack", The Boiler (nominated for Best of the Net)

"Literacy" (published as "Diagnosis: A Literacy"), Entropy (listed on Best of 2019)

"Love Song for My Eyelids", "After the Third Bottle of Peroxide", Anomaly


2018

Litany for the Living”, ”not just because it’s almost cuffing season", Up the Staircase Quarterly

“Prayer For Forgiveness Before Bed”, poets.org (Anne Bradstreet Prize from the Academy of American Poets)

“Ode to the Perfect Mai Li” (shortlisted for the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize)

“the trouble with the dictionary”, Bone Bouquet


2017

“Motherland”, Stoneboat  (also featured in Gesa Matthies’ 2018 film The Lady in the Book)

“I am not japanese”, Arc Poetry Magazine




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