Fay Chiang

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Fay Chiang (January 27, 1952 – October 20, 2017) was an American poet, writer,[1] visual artist and activist based in New York City.[2] Her books of poetry include In The City of Contradictions, Miwa’s Song, and 7 Continents, 9 Lives, published by Bowery Press.[3][4]

Chiang was the director of the Chinatown-based Asian American arts organization, Basement Workshop, in New York City from 1975 to 1986.[5] Later Chiang was active at the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side, Project Reach, a program working with youth in New York City's Chinatown, and Poets and Writers.[6]

Chiang was born in the Bronx in 1952.[7] She grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens[8] and later lived in New York City in the East Village.[6] She died due to complications of cancer on October 20, 2017.[7]


  1. ^ Ling, Amy, bibliography, "Asian American Literature," in Redefining American Literary History, A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff and Jerry W. Ward, eds., MLA, 1990.
  2. ^ "Fay Chiang | Asian Americans for Equality". Aafe.org. Archived from the original on 2017-10-21. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  3. ^ "7 Continents, 9 Lives" (PDF). YPBK Publoshers. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. ^ Add a comment2500 characters allowedUser Guidelines (2010-07-27). "Asian American Writers' Workshop - Open City: Gentrification". Aaww.org. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  5. ^ Ault, Julie. Alternative Art: New York 1965-1985: A Cultural Politics Book for the Social Text Collective ; [catalog of a 1996 Exhibition Entitled: "cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, Nyc" Held at the Drawing Center, New York]. New York: Drawing Center, 2002. Print. p. 31.
  6. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (2017-10-27). "Fay Chiang, 65, Poet Who Championed Asian-American Culture, Dies (Published 2017)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  7. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (October 27, 2017), "Fay Chiang, 65, Poet Who Championed Asian-American Culture, Dies", The New York Times
  8. ^ http://www.nyu.edu/apa/institute/artistinresidence/institute_artistChiang.htm