Janelle Tan is a Singaporean poet
in New York City.

Janelle Tan was born in Singapore. Her work appears in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, No Tokens, The Margins (AAWW), and elsewhere. She earned her MFA from NYU, where she taught creative writing. She is the Assistant Interviews Editor at Singapore Unbound, and was a 2020 Brooklyn Poets fellow. She lives and teaches poetry in Brooklyn, New York.

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

"Green Island Serenade", Cincinnati Review, forthcoming

"Turnstile Jumping", Poetry

"Origin Story", No Tokens

"Even After", reprinted in Mass Poetry

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

"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)


Conversations | Vinay Hira, Jaejoon Jang, Janelle Tan, and Chaitanya Tamayo, New York Foundation for the Arts, Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program

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
Monique Truong
Esther Vincent
Jenny Qi


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