[ vela mag 8 writers over 30]
Forgot to mention — I am totally honored to be featured in Vela Mag's list of 8 Emerging Women Writers Over 30, written by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. To be mentioned in the same breath as Eugenia Leigh, Vanessa Martir, and Nicole Chung is an honor!
Christine has the nicest things to say about my work:
I’ve watched Karissa Chen’s writing evolve over the years; this is a writer who challenges and tests herself. Each experience in her life—whether it is her work as fiction editor of Hyphen Magazine or living out her Fulbright fellowship in Taiwan, crystallizes her writing and message further. Likewise, as a writer, she squeezes all the juice out of each word. She writes with a social consciousness that I admire. I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Thanks to Christine and Vela Magazine for this amazing honor!