Janelle Tan is a Singaporean poet in New York City.

Janelle Tan was born in Singapore and lives in Brooklyn. She earned a BA from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from NYU, where she taught creative writing and was Web Editor for Washington Square Review. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, No Tokens, The Southampton Review, Winter Tangerine, Nat. Brut, and elsewhere. She is a Brooklyn Poets fellow and Assistant Interviews Editor at Singapore Unbound.

Selected Publications


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

"A Speck of Light on Blind Spots: Review of Esmé Weijun Wang's The Collected Schizophrenias," Singapore Unbound

"Even After", reprinted in Mass Poetry, forthcoming

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

"Wherever We Are From, Wherever We Are Going", Michigan Quarterly Review, forthcoming

"Origin Story", No Tokens, forthcoming

"Even After", "Sestina for My Younger Self, Who Only Wanted to Move to America", The Margins (AAWW)

"Attempt to Commit Suicide to Memory", Brooklyn Poets

"Second Aubade for Singapore", wildness

"Dancing", Nat. Brut (nominated for Best of the Net)

"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)


Poet of the Week (October 12-18), Brooklyn Poets

Digital Housekeeping: An Interview with Web Editor Janelle Tan, Washington Square Review



for Singapore Unbound's Art Is + column
Paula Mendoza
Zining Mok
JinJin Xu


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