Ann Tashi Slater

NEW: "Traveling in Bardo" (AGNI) and "Teatime in Darjeeling" (Tin House). See SELECTED WORKS.

On October 3, I'll be at the Rubin Museum in NYC, reading from "Traveling in Bardo" and talking about Tibetan Buddhist wisdom in everyday life.

Listen to "Driving to Shangri-La," my flash nonfiction piece in Flock's Migration issue.

Check out my latest in the HuffPost, an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winner Megan Marshall, about Kyoto and poet Elizabeth Bishop.

I gave a multimedia presentation at the beautiful Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. I talked about my Tibetan family history, including the friendship between my great-grandfather and the 13th Dalai Lama.

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 Arenas, is on

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Ann Tashi Slater’s work has been published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, AGNI, Granta en español, and the HuffPost, among others. Her writing also appears in Women in Clothes (Penguin) and American Dragons (HarperCollins); her translation of fiction by Reinaldo Arenas was published in Old Rosa (Grove). Her work includes a novel related to the Tibetan after-death "bardo" journey and her family history, and a memoir-in-progress about a modern-day pilgrimage to India. Future projects include a book chronicling a vanishing Tibet, with photos taken when Ann traveled to Tibet in the mid-eighties.

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

Creative Nonfiction
My experience of a near-fatal illness as a Tibetan bardo. (AGNI)
A piece about Darjeeling tea and my Tibetan family. (Tin House)
My Tibetan grandmother's life in Raj-era India. (Kyoto Journal)
An excerpt from the Dharamsala section of my travel memoir-in-progress. (Kyoto Journal)
Love and yearning in Andalusia and America. (New World Writing)
A collection of my Tibet-related fiction and non-fiction produced for my Rubin Museum presentation.
A story about pilgrimage, Tibet, and the quest for home. (Asia Literary Review)
A flash about how things don't always look the way we expect them to. (Big Bridge)
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 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

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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