San Francisco, CA – Ching-In is the author of The Heart\’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009). The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman and Lambda Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. She has been published in journals including Quarterly West, Water~Stone Review, Diagram, Rio Grande Review, BorderSenses, and Chroma. She is a co-editor of Here is a Pen: an anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009). She has been awarded residencies at Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center and Paden Institute, and scholarships from the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She has performed on stages and in communities across the continent, ranging from your local community center to the Los Angeles Times Book Festival.
A community organizer, Chen has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. She is also a co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, forthcoming from South End Press in 2011, and is a member of the Save Our Chinatown Committee, a grassroots organization focused on the preservation of the archaelogical heritage of Riverside Chinatown.