mai c. doan is a poet and writer from Los Angeles, CA. She has published and performed her work though the National Queer Arts Festival, RADAR Productions, HOLD: a journal, Entropy Magazine, Mixed Up!: A Zine about Mixed Race Queer and Feminist Experience, and more. She is a 2016 recipient of the James D. Phelan Literary Award and holds an MFA from Mills College, where she attended as a Community Engagement Fellow. She lives in Chicago, IL.
mai's work is grounded in the imaginative, the intuitive, the ancestral, and the felt and seeks to create new pathways and portals for healing, resistance, and aliveness. She is committed to poetry that is both necessary and responsive and finds camaraderie in works by women, queer, and trans writers of color enacting radical uses of language to create and complicate the telling of our rage, bodies, histories, and desires.
water/tongue (Omnidawn, 2019), is her first full-length poetry collection.