Nancy Chen Long is the author of Wider than the Sky, selected for the Diode Editions Book Award (Diode Editions, 2020) and Light into Bodies, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (University of Tampa Press, 2017), as well as the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). Her work has been supported by scholarships, grants, and fellowships from National Endowment of the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

Her poems have been featured in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Indiana Humanities and published in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, PleiadesTar River Poetry, Poet Lore, Smartish Pace, Ninth Letter, Zone 3, and elsewhere.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, an MBA, and an MFA in Creative Writing, and has worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager. She works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division.

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The Indianapolis Review interviews Nancy about her book Wider than the Sky (Diode Editions, 2020), her nontraditional path to poetry, and what she likes about Indiana.

The Southern Review interviews Nancy about the poem “Narrative is the Native Tongue of the Brain.”

University of Tampa Press Director Richard Mathews interviews Nancy about the launch event for Light into Bodies and her NEA fellowship.