12/12/18 Show ft. Anelise Chen

This episode features the creative nonfiction and musical selections of Anelise Chen! The gorgeous writing featured on this episode of It’s Lit was first published as “Paradox Formation” by The Paris Review in May 2017.


Anelise Chen is the author of So Many Olympic Exertions (Kaya Press 2017), a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She received a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Fiction from NYU. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications such as The New York Times, NPR, BOMB, The New Republic, VICE, and the Village Voice. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Blue Mountain Center, Banff Centre, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and she will be a 2019 Literature Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. She is currently at work on a memoir, Clam Down (One World Random House), based on her mollusk column for the Paris Review. She is an assistant professor in Creative Writing at Columbia University.


  1. Lucid / Ernest Reijseger
  2. LIT: Los Angeles 
  3. O Tempo / Fabiano Do Nascimento
  4. LIT: Colorado Plateau
  5. I Came Alone In This World / Moondog
  6. LIT: An Unconformity 1
  7. A Softer Shell / Dirty Projectors
  8. LIT: An Unconformity 2
  9. Forgotten Dreams #2 / Ernest Reijseger
  10. LIT: Ruptured Layers 1
  11. Path 3 (7676) Pt. 5 / Max Richter
  12. LIT: Ruptured Layers 2
  13. 200 More Miles / Cowboy Junkies
  14. LIT: Incised Meander
  15. Fireworks / Mitski




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