Jane Wong

PIP Fellow

B.A., English and Creative Writing, Bard College
M.F.A., Poetry, The University of Iowa
Ph.C., English, The University of Washington

Email: janew5@uw.edu
Office: HH-1416
Website: http://janewong.tumblr.com


As a teacher, I aim to foster critical inquiry, student agency, self-reflection, experimentation, and real-world connections My assignments are often open-ended projects, in which students can connect to literature and criticism with personal stakes. Since I believe the intersection of the arts, literature, and sociology creates meaningful knowledge, I encourage creative writing, multimodal projects, and personal histories in the classroom.  I also enjoy teaching outside of the classroom, often taking my students on related field trips and poetry readings. In the past, we have explored Open Books, UW’s Special Collections, the Henry Art Gallery, and Carlos Bulosan’s grave.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 208 Experimenting Through the Arts: Poetry, Class, and Labor
BIS 257 Introduction to Asian American Studies


My research focuses on Asian American poetry and the poetics of haunting. I consider how social, historical, and political contexts “haunt” the work of Asian American poets, engaging the following questions: how does history (particularly the history of war, colonialism, and marginalization) impact the work of Asian American poets across time and space? How does language and form act as a haunting space of intervention and activism? Along with being a member of the Asian American Studies Research Collective at the Simpson Center and a Kundiman Fellow, I also teach storytelling at the Wing Luke Museum and contribute poetry reviews to Warscapes (a journal providing a lens into current conflicts through literature).

Selected Publications

Best American Poetry 2015. “Thaw.” Guest ed. Sherman Alexie. Scribner, 2015

Best New Poets 2012. “Stemma.” Guest ed. Matthew Dickman. University of Virginia, 2012

The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral Poetry. “Sea of Trees.” Ed. Joshua Corey and G.C. Waldrep. Ahsahta Press, 2012

Tupelo Quarterly, “The Act of Killing,” 2014

Hayden’s Ferry Review, “Familiar Stranger,” 2014

Salt Hill, “Field Notes Toward War,” 2014

The Volta, “And the Place Was Matter,” “If Not For Lorca,” and “Debts,” 2013

The Journal, “Vultures,” “Microwave Beetle,” and “The Good Work,” 2012

North American Review, “Breakage,” 2012

Mid-American Review, “The Empty,” “Dirge: Flute & Penance,” “Dirge: Octaves,” 2012

Selected Talks

The American Comparative Literature Association Conference, 2015

Thinking Its Presence: The Racial Imaginary, 2015

Edmonds Community College Lecture Series, 2014

The Society for Textual Scholarship Conference, 2014

The Association for Asian American Studies Conference, 2013

Pacific Ancient Modern Languages Association Conference, 2012

The Convergence on Poetics at UW Bothell, 2012