Welcome, Karissa Chen

T Kira Madden's third writer in this chapbook series is Karissa Chen. We'll have her interview up tomorrow and then more postings next week.


Karissa Chen is a writer from New Jersey who currently lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She is the author of the chapbooks, Of Birds and Lovers published by Corgi Snorkel Press and Meditations on My Name, forthcoming from AWST Press. Her fiction and essays have appeared in LongreadsPEN AmericaCatapultGulf Coast, VIDA Web, Guernica, and The Toast, among others. Her flash fiction has twice been chosen for Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions.

Karissa was a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan in 2015-2016. She is a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow in 2017 to Millay Colony and was the recipient of the diFilipis-Rosselli Scholarship at the Napa Valley Writers Conference in 2011.  She is a Kundiman Fiction fellow and a VONA/Voices fellow. She has also received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Ragdale Foundation, and Willapa Bay AiR.

Karissa currently serves as one of the Editors-in-Chief at Hyphen magazine, as well as the Senior Literature Editor, where she curates The Hyphen Reader, a monthly round-up of Asian American literature from around the web. She is also the Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, a Contributing Editor at Catapult, and a Cofounding Editor of Some Call It Ballin'.

She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She has coordinated and facilitated creative writing workshops for incarcerated young men in Valhalla, New York and has taught creative writing in Brooklyn, NY and Taipei, Taiwan. She is working on a novel.