Chrysanthemum has been featured in/on Button Poetry, The Nation, The New York Times, Muzzle, The Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2 anthology, among others. With poet Justice Ameer, she debuted the sold-out two-woman show, ANTHEM, at the American Repertory Theater’s OBERON. She is a 2016 Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion & 2017 FEMS Poetry Slam Champion, as well as a Pink Door Fellow.

Originally born & buttered up in Oklahoma, Chrysanthemum currently resides on a farm in Rhode Island. You can find her oversharing feelings about LGBTQ history, television & pop culture on Twitter at @chrystran.

CHRYSANTHEMUM TRAN is a Vietnamese American poet, performer & educator. She is the recipient of a 2019 MacColl Johnson Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Chrysanthemum burst onto the poetry slam scene in 2016, when she became the first trans woman finalist of the Women of the World Poetry Slam & was named “Best Poet” at the 2016 National College Slam. She is a teaching artist & host for the Providence Poetry Slam at AS220—one of the oldest poetry slam venues in the nation.


First photo by Ally Schmaling, second photo is a self-portrait