Ann Tashi Slater

A memoir piece, "Teatime in Darjeeling," is just out in Tin House.

Read "Traveling in Bardo," my essay in the latest AGNI.

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 multi-media 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.

Read Tibetan Butter Tea and Pink Gin: Life in Old Darjeeling, my essay about my Tibetan grandmother's life in Raj-era India, in Kyoto Journal.

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, and Granta en espańol. It has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, AGNI, New World Writing, Shenandoah, Kyoto Journal, Asia Literary Review, and Gulf Coast, among others. Her writing also appears in Women in Clothes (Penguin) and the YA anthology American Dragons (HarperCollins), and she blogs for the HuffPost. Her translation of fiction by Reinaldo Arenas was published in Old Rosa (Grove). She's working on a novel related to the after-death "bardo" journey and her Tibetan family history, and a memoir 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

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 the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (failbetter)
    *Selected as one of the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Stories.
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)
An excerpt from the Dharamsala section of my travel memoir-in-progress. (Kyoto Journal)
Love and yearning in Andalusia and America. (New World Writing)
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

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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