This episode in our ongoing poetry series brings two renowned poets of Chinese heritage to the gallery to present work.
Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong. Her work has been shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and anthologized in Carcanet New Poetries VII. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, PN Review, Ambit Magazine, The London Magazine, Callaloo Journal and English: Journal of the English Association. Mary Jean is currently a Research Associate in Poetry and PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is an Editor at Oxford Poetry.
Jennifer Lee Tsai is a British poet of Chinese heritage. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. She studied English Language and Literature at St Andrews, and later, for an MA in English Literature from Liverpool University. In 2015, she completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with Distinction from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. Jennifer is a fellow of the acclaimed national mentoring scheme for advanced BAME poets, The Complete Works III.
Her poems appear in the Bloodaxe anthology, Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017) and have been published in Smoke, The Rialto and elsewhere. Jennifer works as a University Teacher in English Language to international students at the University of Liverpool’s English Language Centre. She also delivers creative writing workshops in the community for The Windows Project in Liverpool. She is an Associate Editor for Smoke magazine. Currently, she is working on her first collection.
The Writing & Photography series of events is organised by Pauline Rowe, Writer-in-Residence at Open Eye Gallery, with the support of a Public Engagement grant from the University of Liverpool and the support of the Centre for New and International Writing. Previous speakers and readers have included Sean Bonney, Juliana Spahr, Ruby Robinson, John Redmond, Lauren Elkin and Vona Groarke, Seán Hewitt, Maria Isakova Bennett, Elspeth Accordion, Rebecca Goss and Chris Routledge, and Professor Seàn Street.
Programmed with University of Liverpool's Centre for New and International Writing.