Inez Tan

Inez Tan is the author of This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone: Stories (Epigram Books), which was a national bestseller in Singapore. Her writing has won the Academy of American Poets Prize and has been featured in Rattle, The Collagist, Foothill, Fairy Tale Review, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. A Kundiman Fellow, she holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of California, Irvine. Find her online at

January Poetry: "The Long Circuit" by Inez Tan

Inez Tan’s poem is a road trip through the psyche, mapping out memory and family history onto a rich California landscape. Here, what is clarified by a line holds equal weight to the silence of the white space, pulling us along the journey like synapses sparking with memory fragments until we come full circle.

—Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Poetry Editor

The Long Circuit

California was a place in books and movies—
            paper, film, and self-mythology.