Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Article about Iowa and Sam Chang

The Des Moines Register has an article about the Iowa Writers Workshop, and particularly about Sam Chang.

I know about it because I'm quoted in it. I'm sure there are a lot of helpful MFA-related articles out there that I don't know about. If you find one, please forward it on to my email. I'll post a link on the board if it's appropriate. Thanks.

tom.kealey at


Anonymous said...

I don't think she's qualified to head up one of best MFA programs in the U.S. Her degrees are in Asian Studies and Public Administration, right? And she's only published two books--two books I've never heard of.

I don't know about you, but I want to see people like Joyce Carol Oates, Tobias Wolff, and Richard Bausch running top-notch MFA programs. This is a real surprise.

Anonymous said...

To clarify the silly insinuation in the last posting, as if a degree from Yale in Asian Studies, and a degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard were something to sneer at: Sam Chang has an MFA from Iowa, a Stegner Fellowship, a fellowship from Harvard and a fellowship from Princeton. All of this and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Not bad, right? Haven't heard of her books? Go out and read them.

Anonymous said...

Silly, indeed. With all due respect, old scribe, if you've never heard of Sam Chang's books, you need to start paying a little more attention to contemporary literature.

Unknown said...

Lan Samantha Chang , born 1965, is an American writer of novels and short stories. Her works include Hunger, a novella plus four short stories, and Inheritance, a novel.Chang received an M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, an M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) from Harvard University, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University. At Yale, she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News, and at Harvard, she received a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The five stories in Hunger (1998) deal mainly with the position of Chinese in America, though the last of them is set in pre-Communist Shanghai. Inheritance (2004) is the story of a wealthy but declining family in Republican China, beginning in 1925 and extending through the period of the Japanese invasion and the post-war flight to Taiwan and then the USA.


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