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, The Southampton Review, Winter Tangerine, Nat. Brut, The Boiler, and elsewhere. She is a Brooklyn Poets fellow and Assistant Interviews Editor at Singapore Unbound.



"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


"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

"Second Aubade for Singapore", wildness


"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


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


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



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