Genève/Geneva Chao is the biracial, bicultural, and bilingual author of one of us is wave one of us is shore, a discours amoureux in French and English (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions), Hillary Is Dreaming, an imagined dream journal of Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2016 primary season (Make Now Books), and POST HOPE, a Locofo chap, as well as the forthcoming émigré (Tinfish Press, 2018).
Chao’s poetry has been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Writing (forthcoming, ed. Myung Mi Kim) as well as (Some From)DIAGRAM: A Print Anthology (Del Sol Press, 2003) and The L.A. Telephone Book, vol. 2 (2014). Chao is the translator of Gérard Cartier’s Tristran and, with François Luong, of Nicolas Tardy’s Encrusted on the Living (both [lx] press); of Christophe Tarkos for the collection Ma Langue Est Poétique (Roof Books, 2001), and of Yves Di Manno for A Review of Two Worlds: French and American Poetry in Translation (Otis, 2005). In 2015, Chao translated and installed Román Luján’s poem “Playas” in Spanish and English broadsides on the border fence at Playas de Tijuana, Mexico.
Chao’s work on the torus as a metaphor for the Asian American avant garde was featured at the California Institute of Integral Studies conference in 2014, and Chao’s one-act on Yifen Chou was featured in “Yellowface in American Literature” at the American Literary Association conference in San Francisco in 2016. Chao has also written and spoken on poet Wanda Coleman for the 2015 conference “Thinking its Presence: Race and Creative Writing” at the University of Montana. The essay “The Sky of Guts: Occupation, Translation, Transubstantiation,” on the poetry of Kim Hyesoon, was featured at the Asian American Writers Workshop, of which Chao is an alum. Writing has appeared in Dusie, Mission at Tenth, smoking glue gun, Marsh Hawk, Boxkite, Boston Review, n/a literary journal, New American Writing, (Satellite) Telephone, DIAGRAM, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Boog City, and other journals.
The child of immigrants and a third-generation San Franciscan, Chao was educated at Barnard College/Columbia University, the University of Paris VII – Jussieu, and San Francisco State University, holding a B.A. in French Translation and Literature, an M.A. in English, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
A recent featured reader at Literary Arts (Portland), Ivy Writers (Paris), Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (New York), The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives (San Francisco), the Poetic Research Bureau, and Otis College, Chao lives and teaches in Los Angeles.