Rita Zoey Chin

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Rita Zoey Chin
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Rita Zoey Chin is the author of the widely praised memoir, Let the Tornado Come. Hailed by The Huffington Post as a "euphoric ode to the human spirt" and by 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."

Zoey holds an MFA from the University of Maryland, has taught at Towson University, and teaches at Grub Street in Boston, as well as at retreats and conferences near and far. Some of her other writing can be found in Guernica, Tin House, Blackbird Review, NY Arts Magazine, Marie Claire, and Flash Fiction America (W.W. Norton & Company, forthcoming in February 2023). 

Her first novel, The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern, is forthcoming from Melville House on October 4, 2022.

Zoey is devoted to kindness to all creatures, and she spends as much time as possible in nature with her dogs and horse—her greatest teachers. If she's not out in the elements, you might find her wielding a torch in her metalsmithing studio, making amulets with silver and stones. A perpetual seeker of magic, she is currently working on her wingless flying skills. She has a long way to go.