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Mary Jean Chan

The Jesus College Herbert English Society (HES) is delighted to welcome Mary Jean Chan, COSTA Book Award for Poetry 2019 winner and senior lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, who will be reading some of her poetry and talking to HES Co-Presidents Selina St John and Kaitlin Horton-Samuel about her work. Followed by Q&A.

Mary Jean is the author of Flèche, published by Faber & Faber (2019). Flèche won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted in 2020 for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize, and is currently a finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards. Chan won the 2018 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her title poem "Flèche" and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2017 and 2019, receiving an Eric Gregory Award in 2019.

Chan was guest co-editor alongside Will Harris at The Poetry Review, and is a contributing editor at Oxford Poetry. She will be a Writer-in-Residence at the Nanyang Technological University School of Humanities in Singapore in 2022. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Chan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University and tutors on the MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.

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