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Janelle is an orange wine fanatic, former classroom teacher, and connoisseur of Selkie dresses. She was born in Singapore, and lives in Brooklyn. She is the winner of the 2022 J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation. Her poems appear in The Atlantic, Poetry, Gulf CoastMichigan Quarterly Review, Split Lip, and elsewhere. Her prose appears in Them and The Margins


She received her MFA from NYU, and co-curates the DGN Reading Series in Brooklyn. Her work has received fellowships from Brooklyn Poets and NYU’s Global Research Institute. 

Janelle is the founder and editor-in-chief of Afterparty, and founder and CEO of Grapejuice.

Janelle Tan

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