Poet and fiction writer Jennifer Tseng was born in Indiana and raised in California by a Chinese immigrant engineer and a first generation German American microbiologist. Her first book The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005) won the 2005 Asian American Writers' Workshop's National Poetry Manuscript Competition and a 2006 PEN American Center Open Book Award. Her second book Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013), winner of the Marick Press Poetry Prize, features Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen, and her debut novel Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness is forthcoming from Europa Editions.
Tseng earned an MA in Asian American Studies at UCLA, an MA in Fiction at University of Houston, and she was twice a Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has taught Asian American Studies and Creative Writing at UCLA and Hampshire College respectively and she is a member of the Artists Advisory Committee for the Millay Colony of the Arts.
A circulation assistant, literary events coordinator, and writing workshop facilitator for the West Tisbury Library on Martha's Vineyard, Tseng is currently at work on a novel Woo, the imagined story of her father's life. You can find her on Twitter: @TsengIsland and you can visit her website: jennifertseng.weebly.com for interviews, excerpts, and the latest news.