Jean Chen Ho is a writer in Los Angeles. She was born in Taiwan and grew up in Southern California. She is a doctoral candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Fellow in fiction. She has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jean is a board member at Kaya Press, an independent publisher of Asian diasporic experimental literature. Her writing has been published in PANK, VIDA, The Offing, Apogee, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, NPR, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, Jean has been awarded scholarships to attend Community of Writers, Bread Loaf, and Tin House. She's received residency fellowships from MacDowell, Vermont Studio Center, and The Mastheads. Jean was named a finalist for the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize, and received Honorable Mention in the 2017 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. She is at work on a short story collection and a novel.
Later, when the rest of the girls said they were dipping out to another bar, Fiona stayed behind. “Use a condom!” Tish had whispered in her ear before giving her a slap on the butt, like a coach sending a player out on the field.