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Presented By: University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program

Presentation and Q&A: "100 Ways to Edit a Poem"

Poetry Editor Dorothy Chan, Honey Literary Inc.

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Dorothy Chan
This event is open to MFA students, English PhD students, Zell Fellows, and recent MFA alumni only. Please email for login instructions.

Dorothy Chan (she/they) is the author of most recently, BABE, a chapbook forthcoming with Diode Editions this Winter 2021, in addition to Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, 2019), Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018), and Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017). They were a 2020 and 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship finalist, a 2020 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry for Revenge of the Asian Woman, and a 2019 recipient of the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Their work has appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. Chan is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Editor Emeritus of Hobart, Book Reviews Co-Editor of Pleiades, and Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Honey Literary Inc., a 501(c)(3) literary arts organization. Visit their website at

Chan received a PhD from Florida State University in 2019, an MFA from Arizona State University in 2015, and a BA from Cornell University in 2012.

They have experience editing a wide variety of literary journals. Their major goal as an editor is to always uplift BIPOC voices, particularly women of color, LGBTQIA+ people of color, disabled people of color, and anyone belonging to these multiple intersections. In the Summer of 2020, Chan and their business partner, Dr. Rita Mookerjee, co-founded Honey Literary, a BIPOC-focused journal run by women and non-binary editors of color. They publish two issues a year, one around Valentine’s Day and one in the summer. They’re here as a disruption in the literary world—to break binaries—to blur and re-define the lines of genre. At Honey Literary, Chan has had the pleasure of working with many writers they admire, such as Ashley M. Jones, K-Ming Chang, Jane Wong, Muriel Leung, Dustin Pearson, Brian Leung, Troy Osaki, I.S. Jones, SJ Sindu, Marlin M. Jenkins, Imani Davis, Taylor Byas, Namrata Verghese, Diamond Forde, and many more!

Chan also has the pleasure of serving as Pleiades Book Reviews Co-Editor with Taneum Bambrick. Most recently, Chan and Bambrick published a book review by Namrata Verghese on Jenny Bhatt’s short story collection, Each of Us Killers. In addition, Chan is Editor Emeritus at Hobart after serving as Poetry Editor there for a few years. They recently guest edited HAD, Hobart’s spinoff journal. They had the pleasure of publishing so many of favorite poets, like Chen Chen, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Sarah Fawn Montgomery, Noor Hindi, Satya Dash, Terese Mason Pierre, Leona Sevick, Fargo Tbakhi. Sneha Subramanian Kanta, and many others. In the summer of 2020, Chan had the honor of guest editing SPORKLET, the literary magazine of Spork Press, founded by Richard Siken.

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