Poet, novelist, filmmaker, and new media artist Tan Lin was born in Seattle to Chinese American parents from Shanghai. He earned a BA from Carleton College and an MA and a PhD from Columbia University. Lin’s work is tied to cultural and media studies in a mode of literature he defines as “ambient” literature, which draws on and samples source material from popular culture and the Internet to address issues involving copyright, plagiarism, and technology.
Lin is the author of ten books, most recently the novel Insomnia and the Aunt (2011), and the poetry collection Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004: The Joy of Cooking (2010). He is the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing grant and an Asian American Arts Alliance’s Urban Artist grant. He teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.