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Jessamine Chan

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Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Brown University. Her work has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wurlitzer Foundation, 
Jentel, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Anderson Center, VCCA, and Ragdale.
 She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.


Genres: Literary Fiction
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