Visiting Artist Jennifer Tseng

Date: 02.12.2018 - 02.12.2018

Time: 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Location: New Hampshire Institute of Art, Emma B. French Hall Rotunda, 148 Concord St. Manchester, NH 03104

This event is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. Questions about this event can be directed to Tim Horvath


We are delighted to welcome Jennifer Tseng for a reading and Q&A. Tseng is an award-winning poet--The Man With My Face won the 2005 Asian American Writers' Workshop's National Poetry Manuscript Competition and a 2006 PEN American Center Open Book Award, and her second book, Red Flower, White Flower, won the Marick Press Poetry Prize. Her debut novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015) was a finalist for the PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and for the New England Book Award. Most recently, The Passion of Woo & Isolde won the Eleventh Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest, selected by judge Amelia Gray.

In addition to the extraordinary range of genres in which she excels, Tseng’s work covers a lot of stylistic ground; there are currents of both realism and magical realism running throughout her work. The trailer for her latest book can be found here, and brings out the way in which Woo and Isolde explores issues of immigration playfully, reveling in strange imagery and bending the ordinary in order to capture the psychological and emotional experience of being a newcomer to America.

As Gray said in her statement on the winning entry:

"Often, flash fiction collections come to us like a box of light bulbs, meant to be sifted through and shuffled about, fit into various sockets. But The Passion of Woo & Isolde comes to us as a sparkling set, doing the rare business of working singularly and within each of the three parts and in the triptych as a whole. Together, they light the room. The collection, therefore, does unique work that might seem natural to Jennifer Tseng but feels stunning to the rest of us; it presents a series of moments that aspire to illuminate life itself.”

An opening reading will be given by Madison Sanborn, NHIA Illustration major and Creative Writing minor.

About the Writer

Jennifer Tseng won the 2017 Rose Metal Press Chapbook Contest for her collection, The Passion of Woo & Isolde, and is an acclaimed poet and fiction writer. As judge Amelia Gray wrote upon selecting the manuscript as the winner, The Passion of Woo & Isolde does unique work that might seem natural to Jennifer Tseng but feels stunning to the rest of us; it presents a series of moments that aspire to illuminate life itself.”