#WhereWeWrite: Poet Jane Wong

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CHAPBOOK FRIENDS

Image 1: Chapbook Friends

I need to be surrounded by my friends when I write; since this is not physically possible all the time, I have them with me in book and chapbook form. Above my desk, I have a wall of chapbooks, ephemera, photographs (particularly family photographs), etc. I also have a little owl drawing that says “pure certainty” and a Tibetan sand fox drawing that means a lot to me.

MY BED

Image 2: My Bed

I’m going to be honest. I don’t write at my writing desk, even though I have one. I write in bed, always. It’s where I sleep at night, where I wake up in the morning, and where I write everything. There are books on my bed and they fall down behind the mattress and I have to fish them out. Sometimes I fall asleep, and that’s when I know the poem isn’t working. Sometimes, having fresh flowers by my bed helps. I also eat in bed too; how can you write without snacks?


Jane Wong‘s poems can be found in places such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is the author of the poetry collection Overpour (Action Books, 2016). She lives in Seattle, where she teaches at Hugo House and the University of Washington.


Where are you writing on May 7? We hope you’ll join us to write on the Hugo House walls (really!) at our going-away party, Epilogue/Prologue: A Celebration of Hugo House. RSVP here for a free beer or wine at the party.