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Have the champagne ready! Lisa Chen, the author of Mouth (2007), wins the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award 2018. Sharing the recognition with five talented and inspiring women authors, the award recognizes Chen as an exceptional emerging writer. “Our award winners this year are an exciting and talented group of emergent women writers. Their writing is […]


“If, as Lisa Chen herself advises in “Translator’s Apologia,” you “…Enter these pages with / The lowered expectations of a prison guard,” you may be pleasantly surprised by the pointed coherence that frequently emerges from Chen’s fantastic verbiage….” Here’s the complete review from POETRY FLASH’s “Mostly Books”, in April of 2010: A Porch Light at […]


Lisa Chen read at UC Berkeley’s acclaimed LUNCH POEMS Series! Watch it here: Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Lisa Chen earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her debut collection of poetry, mouth, received a 2009 award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Sesshu Foster says that mouth […]


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