Chelsea with bridge (Jason Polan)

A Peek Inside Mermaid in Chelsea Creek


We wade into Michelle Tea’s new novel, Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, with a collection of enticing excerpted illustrations by Jason Polan.


Pigeons (Jason Polan)






Kishka Airstream




gross area near creek



Chelsea with bridge (Jason Polan)



Hand and mist heart


Art by Jason Polan, from the novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea. Reprinted with permission by McSweeney’s © 2013.


Click here to read The Rumpus Interview with Jason Polan.

Jason Polan is an artist living in New York. His work has been exhibited all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. He is a member of The 53rd Street Biological Society and Taco Bell Drawing Club. Polan is currently drawing every person in New York. Polan's work has appeared in The New York Times, ARTnews, McSweeney's, and The New Yorker. He has collaborated with Levi's, West Elm, Jack Spade, and The Ford Foundation. He has made over 112 books. Polan is from Michigan. More from this author →