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Inez Tan is a fiction writer, poet, and educator based in southern California and Singapore

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THE BOOK: This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone

A pair of twins tries desperately to survive their education. A sentient oyster ponders the concept of making time. An unemployed man devises a social experiment with ants. A runaway sees a vision. From the 1990’s to a future where people access information through chips implanted in their heads, from the Singaporean heartland to London, San Francisco and the moon, these stories hold in tension the strangeness of displacement and a deep yearning for connection in their relentless search for who and what to call home. A national bestseller in Singapore, where many of the stories take place!

THE AUTHOR: Inez Tan, Department of English, UCI School of Humanities

Inez Tan is a fiction writer, poet, and educator based in southern California and Singapore. Her debut collection of short stories from Epigram Books (Singapore, London), This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone, was a #2 bestseller in Singapore (Straits Times). She currently teaches creative writing at the University of California, Irvine. Inez holds an MFA in poetry from the University of California, Irvine, and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship for 2015. During that year, she also served as a pedagogical mentor to graduate student instructors in creative writing. She also holds a B.A. in English with highest honors from Williams College. Inez grew up in Singapore from ages seven through fifteen, and has lived in eight different cities in the U.S. before and after. She was a 2017 Fellow of Kundiman, a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing, and has received the Academy of American Poets Award (2018), the Nora Folkenflik Award for Excellence in Poetry (2018), the Jose and Susana Encinias Award in Creative Writing (2018), first place in the Singapore Unbound Poetry Contest (2015), and an Honorable Mention for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award (2013). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Hyphen, The Rumpus, Fairy Tale Review, Zócalo Public Square, diode, Softblow, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Rupture, Foothill, Faultline, Michigan Quarterly Review, and the anthologies The Art & Craft of Stories from Asia, edited by Robin Hemley and Xu Xi (Bloomsbury, London), and A Luxury We Must Afford (Math Paper Press, Singapore).

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