Jess X. Chen

Jess X. Chen is a film director, artist/activist and nationally-touring poet. After the Cultural Revolution, her parents immigrated from Nanchang, China to Canada in the late 1980s. Her work exposes narratives of colonial trauma, diaspora and collective protest by connecting the violences between the queer and colored body and the body of the Earth. Her art and films have been featured in Asian American International Film Festival, The Huffington Post, at the Asian Cinevision Diversity Screening at the New York Times. Her poetry has been featured in Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color and The Margins. She is currently developing a feature film on the Navajo Nation. She teaches mural and poetry workshops to migrant and indigenous youth communities.