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Jane Yeh

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  • Jane Yeh was born in America and has lived in London since 2002. She holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Harvard, Iowa, Manchester Metropolitan, and Royal Holloway London universities. Her first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society for her second collection, The Ninjas (Carcanet, 2012). A Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, she also writes on books, theatre, and fashion for such publications as The Poetry Review and The Village Voice.

    Author headshot by Andy Frost.
      'Such poems capture the universality of loneliness, the daily negotiations we make with our given bodily 'identities', and our desire to connect with other living beings, imperfect as those connections may be'
    Kathryn Maris, Times Literary Supplement

     'Humour and linguistic dynamism, mainstream and counterculture, brush up against each other in Yeh's poetry'
    Rob A. Mackenzie, Magma
      'Every word, image and space is arranged just so, and you can almost detect the hand of the poet making the final tweak'
    Edwina Attlee, The Poetry Review, Summer 2019
    'Across her collections, Yeh affords much time and empathy...in sketching these ostensibly comic figures with idiosyncrasies and surprising expressions of fears, desires or dreams they come far closer to the reader than their technicolour exteriors might suggest...What stands out most for me about Yeh's work is its generosity, or rather its un-self-centredness. It takes a serious openness of heart to be so willing to appear so ludicrous, to so consistently prioritise the playful and culturally communal, to keep, as she demands of the poets she critiques herself, the time, energy and experience of reader to the fore of one's aesthetics.'
    Dave Coates, Dave Poems
    'Yeh's ability to balance tone gives her poetry a ring of truth and humanity so we too may briefly experience these different lives'
    Lydia Allison, Chase Magazine
      'Like the paintings of Kirsten Glass that inspire Discipline's title poem, Yeh shows that the elegant and the macabre are never far apart.'
    Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian
      'Discipline' offers an array of dark humour and electric wit...Yeh exposes the vanity of our emotional weight. The result is liberating and, yes, deeply funny.'
    Sandeep Parmar, PBS Spring Bulletin 2019
       '"Haunting and hilarious" explorations of identity and performance prompted by videos and paintings, animals and street life.'
    The Guardian - '2019 in books: what you'll be reading this year'
     'Marabou is fresh and surprising. If only all first books were this unusual.'
    Stephen Knight, the Independent on Sunday
    'She is a brilliant technician. Her acute visual sensibility, the sensuousness of her descriptions, her gift for the creation of striking metaphors, her sensitive orchestration of sounds and the precision of her thought are all rich sources of pleasure for the reader.'
    Edmund Prestwich, Acumen
     'Jane Yeh's The Ninjas is as unsettling and funny as its cover image... One is tempted to gobble down the exquisite poems one after another...'
    Sarah Coles, New Welsh Review
     'The Ninjas is profound, funny and sad, reminding us that humans and androids are lonely and need love, and that attention to detail and kindness to animals can make a better world. This quirky and wise collection has outstanding originality and poise.'
    Aingeal Clare, Guardian
    Awards won by Jane Yeh Commended, 2019 Poetry Book Society Recommendation (Discipline) Short-listed, 2005   Whitbread Poetry Prize (Marabou) Short-listed, 2005 Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Collection
    (Marabou)
    Winner, 2012 Girton College Jane Martin Prize
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