The Luxury of Time.. Jennifer Tseng, Fiction Fellow

Arts and Entertainment

October 24, 2017

From: Fine Arts Work Center

For an artist, time is the only commodity, and the Work Center gave me such a luxurious amount. I began to dive more slowly into my work. I learned how to sit, to listen, to wait, to receive.
Visiting writer Mary Ruefle gave a reading at the Work Center, and she offered a Kafka quote that changed my life. Afterward, she said if I gave her my address she would send it to me. I was sure she would forget, but she remembered, and here it is! As a writer and a teacher, this quote is everything to me.
Poet and fiction writer Jennifer Tseng was born in Indiana and raised in California by a Chinese immigrant engineer and a first generation German American microbiologist. Her first book The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005) won the 2005 Asian American Writers' Workshop's National Poetry Manuscript Competition and a 2006 PEN American Center Open Book Award. Her second book Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013), winner of the Marick Press Poetry Prize, features Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen, and her 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.

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