Janelle was born in Singapore, and lives and teaches poetry 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 personal essays appear in The Margins and The Southampton Review.


She received her MFA from NYU. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor at Pigeon Pages, interviews for SUSPECT, and runs the DGN Reading Series. Her work has received fellowships from Brooklyn Poets and NYU’s Global Research Institute. 

Janelle founded and is the Chief Creative Officer of Ninth House, a poetry school for children.

Janelle Tan