Jennifer Chang

Jennifer S. Cheng

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Jennifer S. Cheng is the author of MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems (2018), selected by Bhanu Kapil for the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award and named a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of 2018”; House A (2016), selected by Claudia Rankine for the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize; and Invocation: An Essay (2011), an image-text chapbook published by New Michigan Press.

Her poetry and lyric essays appear in Tin House, Conjunctions, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult, Hong Kong 20/20 (a PEN HK anthology), and elsewhere.
She received fellowships 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.


  • MFA, Poetry, San Francisco State University
  • MFA, Nonfiction, University of Iowa
  • BA, Brown University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018

  • U.S. Fulbright Fellowship

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Waiter Scholarship

  • Kundiman Poetry Fellowship

  • Tarpaulin Sky Book Award (Judge: Bhanu Kapil)

  • Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize (Judge: Claudia Rankine)

  • Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Award

Selected Publications

  • Cheng, J. (2018). MOON: Letters, Maps, PoemsGrafton, VT: Tarpaulin Sky Press.
  • Cheng, J. (2016). House A. Oakland, CA: Omnidawn Publishing.
  • Cheng, J. (2011). Invocation: An Essay. Tucson, AZ: New Michigan Press.