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Meet Our New Author: Dorothy Chan

Coming soon from Diode Editions, Revenge of the Asian Woman, a full-length collection by Dorothy Chan, winner of the 2018 Diode Editions Book Contest.

“Who doesn’t think kissing is the greatest thing / in the world other than eating?” Revenge of the Asian Woman comes to life on a sexed-up soap opera / B-movie platter where passion and food and fantasy reign supreme: excess in the form of full odes and triple sonnets with towers of macarons and carnival desserts and Hong Kong street food on a skewer—and make it a double. The East Asian girl boss takes her revenge on those who have fetishized her, looking great in gold booty shorts, while recounting her parents’ love story, the Chinese-American immigrant dream, her Chinese zodiac fate, and her own sexual awakening. She conquers all, moving through this universe of two-headed fantasies, aggressive foreheads, and magical girl transformation sequences, having her cake and eating it too—“Oh, cut that cake again.”

Dorothy Chan, credit: Ramsey Mathews

DOROTHY CHAN is the author of Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018) and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017). She was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Academy of American Poets, The Cincinnati Review, ​The Common, Diode Poetry Journal, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. Chan is the Editor of The Southeast Review. Visit her website at

Revenge of the Asian Woman is forthcoming in March 2019. Until then, read Dorothy's full-length debut collection entitled Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018) and check out her recent poetry in Split Lip, Glass, Quarterly West, and others, below.


Nightblock. “All the Good Drag Names Are Taken,” “Ode to Aphrodite,” “Ode to Sexiness,” and “Triple Sonnet for Autoerotica.” Edition 10. July 2018. Online.

Glass: A Journal of Poetry. “Triple Sonnet for My Mother’s Full-on Soap Opera Fantasy.” July 2018. Online.

Berfrois. “Ode to Lasagna.” May 3, 2018. Online.

Bear Review. “Chinese Girl Videotape Leaked II.” Issue 4.2. May 2018. Online.

Oxidant|Engine. “Ode to the Most Beautiful Neck Alive” and “Where Are All the Hot Pilots: Thank You, Mrs. Guan.” Issue 5. May 2018. Online. Academy of American Poets. “Triple Sonnet for My Father’s Pet Goose, Pigeon Wars, and Daddy Issues.” Originally published in Split Lip Magazine. April 2018. Online. Academy of American Poets. “Triple Sonnet for my Aggressive Forehead.” Quarterly West Sampler. April 2018. Online.

Quarterly West. “Triple Sonnet for my Aggressive Forehead.” Issue 93. March 2018. Online.

Diode Poetry Journal. “Triple Sonnet for Good Boys, Grandma’s Cookies, and Girls with their Cream Cheese and Lox” and “Ode to Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Judy Jetson, and the Sixties Version of the Future.” 11th Anniversary Issue. March 2018. Online.

Split Lip Magazine. “Triple Sonnet for my Father’s Pet Goose, Pigeon Wars, and Daddy Issues.” Inaugural Print Issue. February 2018. Print.

glitterMOB. “Ode to the Las Vegas Showgirl,” “Hollywood, Make More Movies About Asian People,” and “Take Me Out to the Dog Show and We’ll Kiss.” Late January 2018. Online.

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