Justin Chin: Selected Works

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Pub Date: 10/04/2016

Pages: 160

Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc.

Imprint: Manic D Press, Inc.

ISBN 13: 9781933149974

ISBN 10: 1933149973

Price: $15.95 / $20.99 CAN


Justin Chin: Selected Works

By Jennifer Joseph, R. Zamora Linmark, Michelle Tea, Tim Liu, Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Price: $15.95



About the Book

Notable literary figures pay tribute to poet/writer Justin Chin with personal commentaries on works selected from his seven books.

Justin Chin's fearless and fierce voice was resolute in relating his worldview, whether directly or through metaphorical language. As a queer Asian American, born and raised in Southeast Asia within a devoutly Christian, ethnically Chinese family of medical professionals, Chin's early life experience informed his writing and framed his point of view. In his literary works, the seemingly conflicted duality of existence is paramount: sacred and profane, saints and sinners, health and illness, hope and despair, life and death. His works also explore his experience of living with HIV, which progressed into AIDS in his final years.

This unique collection of Chin's literary legacy will serve as both a primer for those new to his works, as well as a loving tribute by those writers who knew him and his work best.

Among many others, contributing writers include R. Zamora Linmark (Rolling the R's), Michelle Tea (How To Grow Up), Timothy Liu (Don't Go Back To Sleep), and Lois-Ann Yamanaka (Night at the Pahala Theatre).

Justin Chin (1969–2015) was the award-winning author of four poetry books, two essay collections, one book each of short fiction, and text-based performance art works. His writing appeared in literary magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, and anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon). He taught at UC Santa Cruz and at San Francisco State University. He was a recipient of fellowships and grants from the California Arts Council, Djerassi Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund, PEN American Center, and PEN Center USA West, among others.

About the Book

Noted literary figures pay tribute to poet/writer Justin Chin with personal commentaries on works selected from his seven books.


Jennifer Joseph is publisher and editor of Manic D Press books, an award-winning, internationally-distributed independent literary press specializing in fiction, poetry, art, and travel books. Her writing has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and American Bookseller magazine among other publications. She lives in San Francisco.