Wo Chan: Award Winning Poet and Drag Artist



Multicultural Center


Western is incredibly excited to welcome poet and drag artist Wo Chan to campus! Chan's first book of poetry, Togetherness, was just released and won the Nightboat Poetry Prize. They also perform as The Illustrious Pearl. This performance will also include light refreshments.

Wo Chan, who performs as The Illustrious Pearl, is a poet and drag artist. They are a winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and the author of Togetherness (2022). Wo has received fellowships from MacDowell, New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, The Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, and Lambda Literary. Their poems appear in POETRY, WUSSY, Mass Review, No Tokens, The Margins, and elsewhere. As a member of the Brooklyn-based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play, Wo has performed at venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Find them at @theillustriouspearl. 

Generously sponsored by the English Department, the American Cultural Studies Program, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and the Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division of Enrollment and Student Services.

If you have any questions and for disability accommodations, please contact Dr. Jane Wong: jane.wong@wwu.edu.