Rita Zoey Chin is the author of the critically acclaimed debut memoir, Let the Tornado Come (Simon & Schuster). Hailed by The Huffington Post as “a near euphoric ode to the human spirt” and Oprah.com as a “powerful story to pass onto a friend,” Let the Tornado Come was named a Boston Globe “Summer Reads” pick, one of Kirkus Reviews’ “10 True Stories Perfect for Summer Reading,” an Elle Readers Prize pick, and one of Flavorwire’s “10 Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter.” The recipient of a Katherine Anne Porter Prize, an Academy of American Poets Award, and a Bread Loaf waiter scholarship, Rita holds an MFA from the University of Maryland. She has taught at Towson University and currently teaches at Grub Street in Boston, as well as at retreats and conferences near and far. Some of her other writings can be found in Guernica, Tin House, Marie Claire, Blackbird Review, 32 Poems, New York Arts Magazine, birdsong, and elsewhere.
Rita (some friends call her Zoey) is passionately devoted to kindness to all creatures, preserving and living close to nature, and making art. She tries to incorporate all of these things into her volunteer work mentoring at-risk teenage girls, and in helping others feel less afraid in their lives. She is a believer in magic, a perpetual student of her mischievous horse, and a seeker of laughter, wonder, and the perfect bite (okay, bites–who are we kidding?) of chocolate. She also has a passion for snouts, but that’s another story.