Anelise Chen

Anelise Chen
Anelise Chen, photo by Tavish Timothy

Anelise Chen is the author of So Many Olympic Exertions, an experimental novel that blends elements of sportswriting, memoir, and self help. A finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, it was named one of the best books of the year by the Brooklyn Rail.

Chen has received residencies and fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Blue Mountain Center, Banff Centre, the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, NPR, BOMB Magazine, the New RepublicVICE, and the Village Voice.

Chen earned her bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in fiction from New York University. She is currently at work on a memoir, Clam Down, based on her mollusk column for the Paris Review. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Columbia University.


selected bibliography

So Many Olympic Exertions by Anelise Chen
So Many Olympic Exertions (2017)

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online resources

Anelise Chen’s website
“Chen: ‘Then I changed it to third-person clam, and that was exactly how it was meant to be,’” Guernica, January 18, 2019
“Autofiction and the Asian Diaspora: A Q-and-A with Chen,” Los Angeles Review of Books, April 3, 2018
“Chen Thinks You Should Quit,” Electric Lit, August 23, 2017

Video: Asian America Writers’ Workshop Presents Patty Yumi Cottrell, Eugene Lim, and Anelise Chen