About

Ann Tashi Slater’s work has been published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, AGNI, Catapult, Granta, and the HuffPost, among others. Her writing also appears in Women in Clothes (Penguin) and American Dragons (HarperCollins); her translation of fiction by Reinaldo Arenas was published in Old Rosa (Grove). Her work includes a novel related to the Tibetan after-death "bardo" journey and her family history, and a memoir-in-progress about a modern-day pilgrimage to India. Future projects include a book chronicling a vanishing Tibet, with photos taken when Ann traveled to Tibet in the mid-eighties.

Ann was born in Spain, lived for a year in Darjeeling and Kathmandu, and then moved to the States. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. Her travels and work have taken her around the world, to places including France, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Thailand, and Bali. A longtime resident of Tokyo, she teaches at a Japanese university.

Other Works

  • Summer in Tokyo: Rain Women, Cicadas, and Visits from the Dead (Catapult monthly column)

    2019
  • Traveling in Bardo (AGNI & AGNI Online)

    2017, 2018
  • Writing and The Tibetan Book of the Dead (AGNI Blog)

    2017
  • Driving to Shangri-La (Flock)

    2017
  • Japan and the Happiness of Melancholy (HuffPost)

    2016
  • Tibetan Butter Tea and Pink Gin (Kyoto Journal)

    2015
  • Flowers Would Fall from the Sky Like Rain (Asia Literary Review)

    2014
  • Fata Morgana: Reinaldo Arenas, Writers in Exile, and a Visit to the Havana of 1987 (Paris Review Daily)

    2014
  • Gypsy Cante (New World Writing)

    2013
  • Things You Dreamed of and Things You Didn't (Big Bridge)

    2013
  • The Literature of Uprootedness: An Interview with Reinaldo Arenas (The New Yorker: Page-Turner)

    2013
  • Travelers (Gulf Coast)

    2012
  • The Open World (Shenandoah)

    2011
  • There's No Reason to Get Romantic (in AMERICAN DRAGONS, HarperCollins)

    1993
  • Old Rosa (trans. from Spanish; in OLD ROSA, Grove Press)

    1989

Awards and Recognition

  • "Teatime in Darjeeling" (Tin House 74, Winter 2017) is a Notable in Best American Essays 2018, ed. Hilton Als.