Inez Tan /
February 14, 2018

About The Author

Inez Tan

Inez Tan is a poet and fiction writer based in Singapore and California. Her writing has appeared in Psychopomp, Rattle, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Softblow, and others. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of California, Irvine.

My mother really gave me a bag of dried oysters and I really left them in the fridge until they became furry. It was a pretty pathetic story, but eventually I realized I could tell it from the oyster’s point of view and have the oyster’s story refract the more predictable human one. To me, the emotional heart is the oyster’s desperate longing to believe that it still has the potential to change into something else at the end. Transformation is the theme I find most compelling in fairy tales. Regrettably, in our world, it never happens by magic.