Ann Tashi Slater


See "Fata Morgana," my Paris Review essay on Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, exile, and 1987 Havana.

"The Literature of Uprootedness: An Interview with Reinaldo Arenas," my interview with Reinaldo Arenas, is on newyorker.com.

Check out my blog at The Huffington Post.

Welcome

Ann Tashi Slater’s work has been published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Huffington Post, as well as New World Writing, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Kyoto Journal, and Big Bridge, among others. Her writing appears in Women in Clothes (Penguin) and the YA anthologies American Dragons (HarperCollins) and Tomo (Stone Bridge). Her translation of a novella by Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas was published in Old Rosa (Grove). She's working on a multi-generational novel based on the Tibetan side of her family and set in Darjeeling, and a travel memoir ranging from the byways of Old Delhi to the monasteries of Dharamsala. Future projects include a book chronicling a vanishing Tibet, with photos taken when Ann traveled to Tibet in the mid-eighties, and a novel based on the friendship between her great-grandfather and the 13th Dalai Lama.

Ann was born in Spain, lived for a year in Darjeeling and Kathmandu, and then moved to the States. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Her travels and work have taken her around the world, to places including France, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Thailand, and Bali. A longtime resident of Tokyo, she teaches at a Japanese university.

Selected Works

Memoir
An excerpt from the Dharamsala section of my travel memoir-in-progress. (Kyoto Journal)
Love and yearning in Andalusia and America. (New World Writing)
Fiction
A flash about how things don't always look the way we expect them to. (Big Bridge)
A story related to the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (failbetter)
A story related to Darjeeling and The Tibetan Book of the Dead. (Gulf Coast)
Ranging from Havana to Tokyo to Paris, a story about the things we tell ourselves in order to survive. (Shenandoah)
YA Fiction
A teenage girl struggles in the aftermath of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Tomo, Stone Bridge)        "A broadly appealing mix . . . with nary a clinker in the bunch."
--Kirkus Reviews
A story about growing up Tibetan American. (American Dragons, HarperCollins)                                     "[This] enlightening anthology of 25 stories, poems and essays by Asian Americans delves deeply . . .”
--Publisher's Weekly
Translation
A novella by Reinaldo Arenas. (Old Rosa, Grove)                                 "One of Cuba's best-known writers . . . Arenas . . . writes in the poetic and fantastic style of magical realism that Garcia Marquez has made familiar. "
-- Library Journal

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