Michelle Phương Ting

Michelle Phương Ting is a curator and poet based in New Haven. Born to Vietnamese refugees, her practice engages structures of language, power, and feeling that shape exilic life. Her writing most recently appeared in Apogee, Wildness, and Tupelo Quarterly and has been nominated for the “Best American Essays” series. A Tin House alum and graduate of Yale University, she has received fellowships and support from Kenyon Writers Workshop, Kearny Street Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, Omnidawn, Fine Arts Work Center, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and New Haven’s Cultural Vitality Grant. In 2019, she co-curated Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Festival featuring emerging Asian American and Pacific Islander artists. A former museum educator and public programs coordinator at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, and various community organizations, she is currently co-curating The Racial Imaginary Institute’s 2020 Biennial, “On Nationalism: Borders & Belonging.”

Selected work


a failure of form, Wildness, February 2019

On Nationalism: Borders & Belonging,The Racial Imaginary Institute, February 2020

RE: Place, Kearny Street Workshop, 2018 APAture Festival