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Jeffrey Leong

Jeffrey Thomas Leong is a poet and writer, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, who worked for nearly three decades as a public health administrator and attorney for the City of San Francisco. While earning his MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he translated anew the Chinese wall poems found at the Angel Island Immigration Station. These translations are collected in Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island (Calypso Editions, 2018), winner of a Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation. His new chapbook Writ (Eastwind Books, 2019) consists of original poems about immigration at Angel Island.

His writing focuses on the Asian American experience including adoption, multiracial families, and student activism during the 1960s. His work has appeared in Crab Orchard, Cimarron Review, Bamboo Ridge, Hyphen, Spillway, Eleven Eleven, and Poetry Flash. In past lives he has been a singer-songwriter, disc jockey, high school teacher, and open mic host. He lives with his wife and daughter in the East Bay.

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