Jean Chen Ho

India Downes-Le Guin

Jean Chen Ho is the author of Fiona and Jane (Viking 2022). Her writing appears in New York Times Magazine, The Cut, Electric Literature, Los Angeles Times, Georgia Review, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Guernica, and elsewhere.

Jean is a doctoral candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at USC, where she is a Dornsife Fellow in fiction. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jean has received scholarships from Kundiman, VONA, the Tin House Workshop, Napa Valley Writers Conference, Community of Writers, and Bread Loaf. She has been awarded residencies to Hedgebrook, the I-Park Foundation, MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, and the Mastheads. She was a 2019-20 W.M. Keck and George & Arlene Cheng Research Fellow at the Huntington Library, where she worked on an archival project on gender and racial violence in 19th-century Los Angeles Chinatown.

Jean is a board member at Kaya Press, an independent publisher of experimental writing from the Asian Pacific Islander diaspora. Born in Taiwan and raised in Southern California, she currently lives in Los Angeles.