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Shelley Wong

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 302


Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books, 2022), longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry.  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The New Republic. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships, residencies, and support from Kundiman, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Montalvo Arts Center, and Headlands Center for the Arts. She has received an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission supporting her second manuscript, a book on California.


  • Poetry
  • Asian American literature
  • LGBTQ literature

Research Areas

  • Creative writing pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary arts
  • LGBTQ people of color literature


  • The Ohio State University, MFA in Creative Writing
  • UC Berkeley, BA in English

Awards & Distinctions

  • Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry, 2023
  • Northern California Book Award in Poetry finalist, 2023
  • National Book Award in Poetry longlist, 2022
  • Pamet River Prize, YesYes Books, 2019
  • Pushcart Prize, 2017

Selected Publications

  • As She Appears, YesYes Books, 2022
  • "Headlands 1," "Headlands 2," Kenyon Review, 2022
  • "How to Live in Southern California," Best American Poetry, 2021
  • Rare Birds, Diode Editions, 2017