Catching Up With Wendy Chin-Tanner

Where can we read some of your recent work?

My latest poetry collection, Anyone Will Tell You, came out this spring. You can find it here at Sibling Rivalry Press.

(Reviewed in this issue of Tinderbox!)

I also recently published my first personal essay about my experiences of racism, classism, and #MeToo at the exclusive NYC private school I attended. It’s called An Unsentimental Education and you can find it over at Gay Magazine.

And as always, you can read much, much more at my author website.

What are you reading right now?

In nonfiction, I’ve been devouring Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. Fiction obsessions of the moment are Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and Sula by Toni Morrison, which I somehow missed out on. In poetry, I’m loving Shira Dentz’s The Sun a Blazing Zero, Caroline Hagood’s Ways of Looking at a Woman, Jane Wong’s Overpour, Geneve Chao’s Emigre, and Bridget Talone’s The Soft Life. I’ve also just had the honor of blurbing Allison Joseph’s new collection Lexicon, which is so very powerful and so very good.

What’s next for you?

Right now, I’m working on my first fiction project, a novel set in the 1950s called King of the Armadillos.



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Wendy Chin-Tanner

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of Turn, which was an Oregon Book Awards finalist, and Anyone Will Tell You. She serves as poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown and is published at such journals as the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, RHINO, Denver Quarterly, and The Rumpus.