Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

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Born Tsering Wangmo Dhompa
1969 (age 48–49)
Genre Poetry, non-fiction
Notable works Rules of the House

Tsering Wangmo Dhompa (born 1969[1]) is the first Tibetan female poet to be published in English.[2] She was raised in India and Nepal. Tsering received her BA from Lady Sri Sram College, Delhi University. She pursued her MA from University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.[3] She is currently a Ph.D candidate in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her first book of poems, Rules of the House, published by Apogee Press in 2002, was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Awards in 2003.[4] Other publications include My Rice Tastes Like the Lake (Apogee Press 2011), In the Absent Everyday (also from Apogee Press), and two chapbooks: In Writing the Names (A.bacus, Poets & Poets Press) and Recurring Gestures (Tangram Press). In Letter For Love she delivered her first short story.[5] In 2013, Penguin India published Tsering's first full-length book, A Home in Tibet, in which she chronicles her successive journeys to Tibet and provides ethnographic details of ordinary Tibetans inside Tibet.[6]



  • Coming Home to Tibet, Shambhala Publications, Boulder 2016


  • A Home in Tibet, Penguin India, Delhi 2013 [8]
  • My Rice Tastes Like the Lake, Apogee Press, Berkeley 2011 [9]
  • In the Absent Everyday, Apogee Press, Berkeley 2005 [10]
  • Rules of the House, Apogee Press, Berkeley 2002
  • Recurring Gestures, Tangram Press,
  • In Writing the Names, Abacus, 2000


  • Contemporary Voices of the Eastern World: An Anthology of Poems, edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar. W.W. Norton and Co. 2007
  • The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry Ed. Andrew Schelling, Wisdom Publications 2005 Page 41-51
  • Muses in Exile: An Anthology of Tibetan Poetry Ed. Bhuchung D. Sonam Paljor Publications Pvt. Ltd. India 2005.
  • An Other Voice: English Literature from Nepal, edited by Deepak Thapa and Kesang Tseten, Martin Chautari 2002 Nepal


See also[edit]

List of Tibetan writers


  1. ^ http://asitoughttobe.com/2009/11/28/saturday-poetry-series-presents-tsering-wangmo-dhompa/
  2. ^ Writings On Tibet The Tibetan Association of Northern California & The Oakland Asian Cultural Center
  3. ^ Andrew Schelling, The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry, Wisdom Publications 2005, S. 41. ISBN 0-86171-392-3
  4. ^ Apogee Press - Authors Archived 2009-08-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-08-04. The Caravan
  6. ^ http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?c=9&t=1&id=34072&article=‘I+Will+Carry+the+Sky’+By+Bhuchung+D.+Sonam
  7. ^ http://www.shambhala.com/coming-home-to-tibet.html
  8. ^ http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/tsering-wangmo-dhompa
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-08-04. The Caravan. A journal of politics and culture
  12. ^ http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=27212&t=1
  13. ^ http://www.tibetwrites.org/?Nostalgia-in-Contemporary-Tibetan

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