Photo by Ally Schmaling

Photo by Ally Schmaling

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

In 2016, she made history by becoming the first trans woman finalist of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Chrysanthemum is a 2016 Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion & 2017 FEMS Poetry Slam Champion, as well as being named "Best Poet" at the 2016 National College Slam. She is a Pink Door Fellow & teaching artist for the Providence Poetry Slam at AS220, one of the oldest poetry slam venues in the nation.

Her writing, which often explores the intersection of diaspora & dysphoria, can be found on/in Them., Button Poetry, The Offing, Muzzle Magazine, the Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2 anthology, & others forthcoming.

Originally born & buttered up in Oklahoma, she currently resides on a farm in Rhode Island. You can find her oversharing her feelings on Twitter at @chrystran.