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Department of English

Jane Wong

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

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Phone:
Office:
Hauge Administration Building - Room 227-D
M & W:
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Professional
  • Personal

Education

  • Ph.D, English, The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2016
  • M.F.A., Poetry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010
  • B.A., English & Creative Writing, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2007

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Asian American Studies
  • American Ethnic Literature

Books

  • Overpour, (Action Books, 2016)
  • Best American Poetry 2015, (Scribner, 2015)
  • Best New Poets 2012, (University of Virginia, 2012)
  • The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral Poetry, (Ahsahta Press, 2012)

Accolades

  • Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, 2016
  • TEDx Talk, "Going to the Ghost," 2016
  • Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Finalist, 2013 and 2016
  • Digital Humanities Summer Fellow, UW's Simpson Center for the Humanities, 2016
  • The Jack Straw Writers Program, 2014
  • Meridian Editors' Prize, 2013
  • U.S. Fulbright Fellow, 2008

Biography

Jane Wong‘s poems can be found in anthologies and journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, The American Poetry Review, Third Coast, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Along with three chapbooks, she is the author of Overpour (Action Books). Prior to PLU, she has taught literature, composition, creative writing, and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Iowa, the University of Washington, and the University of Washington – Bothell.

Teaching and Research

As a teacher, I aim to foster critical inquiry, student agency, self-reflection, experimentation, and real-world connections My assignments are often open-ended projects, in which students can connect to literature and criticism with personal stakes. I encourage creative writing, multimodal projects, and personal histories in the classroom.  I also enjoy teaching outside of the classroom, often taking my students on related field trips and poetry readings.

My scholarly research focuses on Asian American poetry and the poetics of haunting. I consider how social, historical, and political contexts “haunt” the work of Asian American poets, engaging the following questions: how does history (particularly the history of war, colonialism, and marginalization) impact the work of Asian American poets across time and space? How does language and form act as a haunting space of intervention and activism?