Next Letter in the Mail: Jennifer S. Cheng


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from award-winning poet Jennifer S. Cheng! Jennifer writes to us about the strangeness of pregnancy and bodies, “existential vulnerability,” and how sometimes what feels like loss might really be transformation.

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Jennifer S. Cheng is a poet and lyric essayist. Her second book, MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems, was selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award and named a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of 2018.” She is also the author of House A, a book about immigrant home-building selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize, and Invocation: An Essay, an image-text chapbook about voicelessness published by New Michigan Press. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, she has received support and awards from Brown University, the University of Iowa, San Francisco State University, the U.S. Fulbright program, Kundiman, Bread Loaf, and the Academy of American Poets. Having grown up in Texas and Hong Kong, she lives in San Francisco.


Photograph of Jennifer S. Cheng courtesy of Jennifer S. Cheng.