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Taien Ng-Chan

Taien Ng-Chan is a writer and filmmaker. Her poems and short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies. Her radio dramas have aired on the CBC and she has written and performed in several theatrical works. She co-edited Navigating Customs: New Travel Stories by Writers Under 25 (Montreal: Cumulus Press, 2007) Ng-Chan completed a Ph.D. at Concordia University in 2016 and now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled “Detouring the Commute: (The Art and Practice of Everyday Travel).


Maps of Our Bodies & the Borders We Have Agreed Upon

Includes Roadmaps, a multimedia spoken word CD collaboration between Taien Ng-Chan and musician Scott W. Gray. It includes 13 songs and 6 videos, featuring a contribution by cartoonist/animator Joe Ollmann.

Montréal: Cumulus Press, 2005.

Publisher’s Synopsis

Maps of Our Bodies draws on themes of travel, location/dislocation, and that old workhorse, love. These poems and prose poems are a series of maps and meditations on the act of traversing space, both physically and emotionally; together, they sketch out a narrative arc about the course of a relationship, from its intense and sleepless beginnings to the negotiations of boundaries and space, to separation over long distances and a solitary road trip across the huge expanse of land that is Canada.

Anthology (Short stories)

Eye Wuz Here: Stories by Women Writers Under Thirty

PS8235 .W4 E93 1996

Ng-Chan, Taien. “Write Me Sometime.” In Eye Wuz Here, edited by Shannon Cooley. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996, 111-118.


Anthology (Short stories)

Henry Chow and Other Stories

Edited by R. David Stephens, from the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop.
Vancouver: Tradewind Books, 2009.
PS8329.1 .H44 2009

Ng-Chan, Taien. “Bad Poetry.” In Henry Chow and Other Stories, edited by R. David Stephens, from the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. Vancouver: Tradewind Books, 2009, 93-101.

Anthology (Poetry)

Ribsauce: A CD/anthology of Words by Women.

Anthology edited by Taien Ng-Chan. CD edited by Alex Boutros & Kaarla Sundström.
Montréal: Véhicule Press, 2001.
PS8235 .W7 R52 2001


Publisher Cumulus Press closed following its 10th anniversary in April 2008.

Ng-Chan’s personal website

View additonal projects by Ng-Chan and her partner Joe Ollmann at