Rita Zoey Chin


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 spirit" 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, an Elle Readers Prize pick, and one of Flavorwire's "10 Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter."

Called "an imaginitive debut" by the New York Times and "a work of literary excellence" by the Southern Literary Review, Zoey's first novel, The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern, was published in October 2022 by Melville House. Among many honors, it was  longlisted for the Cabell First Novelist Award, listed as a Washington Independent Review of Books "Favorite Book of 2022," and chosen by Honest Dog Books as their January 2023 "Pick of the Month" in fiction. 

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, Flash Fiction America (W.W. Norton & Company), Orion, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, and The Boston Globe

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 working with them while 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.