Victoria Chang

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Victoria Chang is an American poet and children's writer. Her fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2017. 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 middle grade novels, and her picture book, Is Mommy? published by Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) in the fall of 2015, illustrated by Marla Frazee, was named a New York Times Notable Book. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.


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 others.

She lives in Southern California and spent her business career working in marketing and communications. She now focuses on writing and teaching. [2][3] She teaches poetry at Chapman University and Orange County School of the Arts. In the summers, she occasionally teaches at Idyllwild Writers Week.

Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast,[4]Virginia Quarterly Review,[5] Slate, Ploughshares, and The Nation.[6]

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Full-Length Poetry Collections

Children's Picture Books

Anthologies Edited

Anthology Publications


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