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 "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, Zoey 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. She has recently completed a novel.
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. A perpetual seeker of magic, she is currently working on her wingless flying skills. She has a long way to go.