Jane Yeh was born in America and educated at Harvard University. She holds master’s degrees from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. Her latest collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012. She was a judge for the 2013 National Poetry Competition and was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014.
Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Nation, Poetry Review, and other journals, as well as in anthologies including The Best British Poetry 2012 and The Forward Book of Poetry 2013 and 2006. Currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, she also teaches Arvon and Poetry School courses and writes on books, theatre, fashion, and sport for publications such as The Times Literary Supplement, Time Out, and The Village Voice. She lives in London.
Image credit (left): Foul Play. Copyright Jing Wei 2011. All rights reserved.
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UPDATE: The BBC commissioned five poets, inclding me, to write poems for their new website, BBC Taster. See the results in an interactive feature/game called Body Langage here:
UPDATE: I'll be reading at Dulwich Library in London as part of the Southwark Libraries' poetry festival, Rhyme & Reason, on 10 February. See:
UPDATE: I was thrilled to have been named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society last year! I'll be reading for them at Keats House in London on 19 February, and at Southbank Centre in London on 15 March. My page on the Next Generation website, which includes videos and the texts of 3 poems, is:
UPDATE: I was recently commissioned by the filmmaker Sarah Turner to write a poem for her forthcoming film, Public House, about the historic Ivy House pub in Peckham. Read the poem & find out more about the film here:
UPDATE: To date, The Ninjas has been praised by reviewers in The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Poetry London, and New Welsh Review. What they said: "Funny, clever, and downright charming. . . . This quirky and wise collection has outstanding originality and poise". "Hugely entertaining". "Abounds in wit and invention". "The beauty and extraordinary surprise of Jane Yeh's wonderful collection". Read the full Guardian review here:
UPDATE: You can listen to me reading 5 of my poems, and read an essay on my work, on the wonderful Poetry Archive website:
UPDATE: An essay on my work, some poems, and other related links can be found on the Poetry International website at: http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/23143/Jane-Yeh