The Creative Writing Department of Antioch University Los Angeles is proud to announce that poet Victoria Chang has joined the faculty as Interim MFA Teaching Faculty. Ms. Chang is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a PEN Center USA Literary Award, a California Book Award, and many other literary distinctions. She is the author of four published volumes of poetry, including Circle (Southern Illinois University Press), Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press), The Boss (McSweeney’s), and Barbie Chang (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press). She has also published a children’s picture book, Is Mommy? (Simon & Schuster) and in 2004 edited Asian American Poets: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press). Her individual poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including American Poetry Review, Tin House, Poetry, and many other respected journals.
“Antioch is fortunate to add to our faculty a writer whose life and work align perfectly with our mission–and who also happens to be one of the best poets in the United States,” said Steve Heller, MFA, EdD, Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing program.
Victoria Chang holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, an MBA from Stanford, and an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. At the University of Michigan she earned a BA with High Honors in East Asian Studies as a James B. Angell Scholar. She has taught at a wide variety of institutions, including Chapman University, Texas State University, San Diego State University, PEN Center USA Emerging Voices, Orange County School of the Arts, and Idyllwild Arts Academy, where she also co-coordinated Arts Week.
Beyond the academy, she has extensive experience as a business & marketing consultant, working with the University of California Berkeley-Hass and with her own independent firm, Victoria Chang Consulting.
In a review of Chang’s collection The Boss, reviewer Barbara Berman declared in The Rumpus: “Victoria Chang faces calamity without losing a grain of necessary kindness, and while making a seamless garment of technique and sensation.” The creative writing community of Antioch warmly welcomes writer and teacher Victoria Chang to the MFA team.