Victoria Chang

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Victoria Chang is an American poet and writer. Her third book of poetry, "The Boss" was published by McSweeney's as part of the McSweeney's Poetry Series in July 2013—it won a PEN Center USA literary award and a California Book Award. Her most recent poetry collection is Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press, 2008). Her first book, Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.

She also occasionally writes picture books for children and her debut picture book is called "Is Mommy?" published by Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) in the fall of 2015, illustrated by Marla Frazee.


Victoria Chang was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1970 and raised in the suburb of West Bloomfield. Her parents were immigrants from Taiwan.[1] She graduated from the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and Stanford Business School. She also has an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers where she held a Holden Scholarship. She worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking, Booz Allen & Hamilton in management consulting, and Guidant.[2]

She lives in Southern California and works in business in marketing and communications.[3][4]

Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast,[5]Virginia Quarterly Review,[6] Slate, Ploughshares, and The Nation.[7]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2014, The Boss winner of a 2014 PEN Center USA Literary Award
  • 2014, The Boss winner of a 2013 Commonwealth California Book Award (Silver Medal)
  • 2004 Crab Orchard Review Open Competition Award
  • Salivinia Molesta Finalist for the 2008 Commonwealth California Book Award
  • Circle, Winner of the Association for Asian American Book award
  • Circle, finalist for the PEN Center West Book Award
  • 2007 Cohen Award[8]
  • 2005 BreadLoaf Writers' Conference Fellowship
  • 2005 Sewanee Writers' Conference Fellowship
  • 2003 BreadLoaf Writers' Conference Scholarship

Published works[edit]

Full-Length Poetry Collections

Children's Picture Books

Anthologies Edited

Anthology Publications


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