Victoria Chang is an American poet and writer. Her third book of poetry, "The Boss" was published by McSweeney's as part of the McSweeney's Poetry Series in July 2013. Her most recent poetry collection is Salvinia Molesta (University of Georgia Press, 2008). Her first book, Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.
Victoria Chang was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1970 and raised in the suburb of West Bloomfield. Her parents were immigrants from Taiwan. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and Stanford Business School. She also has an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers where she held a Holden Scholarship. She worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking, Booz Allen & Hamilton in management consulting, and Guidant.
She lives in Southern California and works in business in marketing and communications.
Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast,Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, Ploughshares, and The Nation.
My father says the wrong things I say the wrong things
my father thinks he is 42 not 69 my father
was born in 1942 my father thinks his address
The woman in the automat must work must
have a boss must walk
to work two legs red with heat two legs
soak the glutinous rice, dates, wash bamboo leaves,
curl a leaf into a funnel,
While the man is away
telling his wife
about the red-corseted woman,