Jane Wong, PhD

she/her/hers, Associate Professor, Editor-in-Chief of the Bellingham Review


Jane Wong teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing and literature. In addition to teaching poetry and hybrid forms, her research interests include Asian American poetry and poetics, migration and transnational studies, the digital humanities, interdisciplinary arts, and literature by historically marginalized writers.

Her poems can be found in places such as Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, AGNI, Third Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. Her nonfiction essays have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, McSweeney's, Ecotone, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, This is the Place: Women Writing About Home, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Willapa Bay AiR, Hedgebrook, the Jentel Foundation, SAFTA, Sarabande, and the Mineral School. She is the author of two books of poetry: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James Books, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). She is also the author of a memoir, Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City (Tin House, 2023).

In 2017, she received the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for Washington artists. In 2019, she debuted her solo art exhibit, “After Preparing the Altar, the Ghosts Feast Feverishly," at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. A scholar of Asian American poetry and poetics, you can explore "The Poetics of Haunting" project here. She holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. A proud first-generation college graduate, she also grew up in a Chinese American take-out restaurant and teaches food writing.