Celebrate National Poetry Month with Shelley Wong @North

Cover of the book As She Appears by Shelley Wong
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Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books, 2022), longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. 

Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The New Republic.

Her honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships, residencies, and support from Kundiman, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Willapa Bay AiR, Vermont Studio Center, I-Park Foundation, Fire Island National Seashore, and SPACE. She has received an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission supporting her second manuscript, a book on California.

She has taught creative writing at the Ohio State University and led workshops for Kenyon College, Arizona State University, and Minnesota State University at Mankato. Her teaching within community organizations includes Miami Book Fair, St. Louis Poetry Center, Lavender Phoenix, and The Ruby.

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, she is queer and fourth-generation Chinese American. She holds an MFA from the Ohio State University and a BA from UC Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco.

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