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Victoria Chang

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Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang received degrees from the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and Stanford University, as well as an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

She is the author of Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press, 2017); The Boss (McSweeney’s, 2013), winner of a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award; Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press, 2008); and Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005).

Of her work, Ilya Kaminsky writes, “To say simply that Chang takes the Modernist’s music and makes it new again, makes it alive, is to say only half-truth, for she truly re-inhabits it, re-kindles the flame. This radically new music is political, yes, but it is also ecstatic.”

Chang, who received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, serves as a contributing editor of Copper Nickel and a poetry editor of Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches at Chapman University and lives in Southern California.

Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press, 2017)
The Boss (McSweeney’s, 2013)
Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press, 2008)
Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005)

by this poet

If you are     like me and can     only see the horizon
that unreachable     don’t know that want     sheds and
grows and     sheds and     grows     please don’t
keep trying               the outline     is fine find a closer
Once Barbie Chang worked on a
     street named Wall
once she sprinkled her yard with
     timed water once
she wore lanyards in large rooms
     all the chairs
pointed in the direction of one
Barbie Chang loves Evites Paperless
     Party Posts that host her
ego patch her holes she puts barrettes
     on her heart so other
people will see her will hear her her
     heart is made of hay is
disturbingly small