31 Days 31 Trans Voices | Day 5: Chrysanthemum Tran, A Rebellious Existence

Chrysanthemum Tran is a queer Vietnamese American trans woman poet and teaching artist in Providence by way of Oklahoma City. Her work examines race in the US, LGBTQ history, and pop culture. A recipient of a 2019 MacColl Johnson Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation, she has been featured in/on Button Poetry, Muzzle, The New York Times, Bettering American Poetry Vol. 2 anthology, among others.

Chrysanthemum Tran | Photo ChrysanthemumTran.com

In 2016, she became the first trans woman finalist of the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Chrysanthemum won “Best Poet” and “Best Poem” at the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, and “Pushing the Art Forward” in 2015. A 2016 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam champion and Pink Door Fellow, Chrysanthemum has been a member of the Providence national slam team and is the head coach of the Providence youth slam team. You can also find her work published in The Offing and The Blueshift Journal.

Chrysanthemum has been booked for events including Asian American Heritage Month, LGBTQ Awareness Month, Women’s History Month & Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Chrysanthemum is available as a performer, speaker, workshop facilitator & educator. Bring her to your campus, organization, theater, conference, or event. To inquire about bookings, contact Chrysanthemum at transchys@gmail.com or visit her website at ChrysanthemumTran.com.

You can follow Chrysanthemum on Twitter at @chrystran and Instagram @chrystran.

Terry Willits

Trans Speak's Editor-in-Chief is an international mixed media artist, writer, LGBTQ advocate, coffee snob, dog dad, and FTM transgender - but not necessarily in that order, who practices what he posts. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he now does the writing thing from St. Louis, Missouri. You should check out his work - it's recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend stuff.

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