︎  Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross is a writer based in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and art criticism have appeared in BOMB, Mousse, Fence, C Magazine, Kijiji, and elsewhere, and her chapbooks include Mayonnaise and Drawings on Yellow Paper (with Katie Lyle). She publishes books by emerging artists and writers under the small press Blank Cheque, and is currently at work on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Contact: jacquelynzross {at} gmail {dot} com

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Selected Writing


~ Laurie Kang: Story of the Gut (forthcoming)

A catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition Unfixed: Laurie Kang and Chris Curreri at Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver, curated by Meredith Preuss


~ Napping Against Capitalism

A short story for the group exhibition The Pandemic is a Portal at SFU Galleries, Vancouver, curated by Karina Irvine, Christopher Lacroix and cheyanne turions

~ The Perfect Crime

fictional accompaniment to Erdem Taşdelen's public billboard project, Vicissitudes, at Mercer Union, Toronto


~ Cute, Good-Looking, Funny, Sweet

An essay on the kind of art that is suspiciously easy to digest? for Mousse

~ Lizzie’s Laborufluvs

A short story for the exhibition Disputed Bodies at Trinity Square Video, Toronto, curated by Patrick Cruz

~ Death Wish

A not-too-dark letter for Agony Klub's ongoing "death wish" series, modelled after Mike Kelley's art school entrance letter


~ A Brief History of Feeling

Flash fiction for BOMB Magazine

~ "Wanted: Abject Dreamers for New Study of the Inner Ear $15/hr"

A Kijiji ad for please teach me how to swim, an online project organized by Untitled Art Society, Calgary, curated by Jaclyn Bruneau and Natasha Chaykowski

~ On Lynne Tillman’s Men and Apparitions

A book review for C Magazine

~ Four PoemsLight text accoutrements for Sorry, I'm Busy, an exhibition of Capricorn artists at Support Projects, London, Ontario, curated by Liza Eurich and Tegan Moore

~ The Picture Files

Flash fiction for the online publication Anna Hawkins: Fall Fell Felt at Untitled Art Society, Calgary

~ R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.

A poem in Fence, Issue 34


~ How To Look At An Image, Or A Black Hole

A creative non-fiction essay for Colin Miner and Liza Eurich’s exhibition Semblance and Shadows Like Anxiety at Stride Gallery, Calgary

~ Origin Story for Franz Kaka Gallery

A short story written for Kakaesque, a night of readings at Franz Kaka Gallery, Toronto, organized by Aryen Hoekstra

~ Twelve Forecasts

Some flash fiction for BOMB Magazine

~ Obliteration Ritual for Katie Lyle

A text for Katie Lyle's solo show Why Do I Hear the Ocean in My Ear? at The Loon, Toronto

~ on “Turbulence (A Dance About the Economy)”

A review of Circo Zero for Bomb Magazine’s end-of-year special, Looking Back on 2017: Theater & Performance


~ The Scholar & The Ant

A parallel fiction to accompany Derek Sullivan's show On Filling In at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

Strange New Health

A text for Yi Xin Tong's show Strange New Health at Katzman Contemporary, Toronto

~ How To Tame A Fly, Or: Some Unsolicited Commentary On Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon's 'A Space For Looking Is A Space For Listening'

An exhibition (anti-)review of Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon’s exhibition at the Western Front in Vancouver for Charcuterie, Issue 1

~ Everybody's Talking About Bone Broth

An essay for Laugh Magazine, Issue 2

~ Allison Hrabluik: The Splits

An exhibition review for C Magazine, Issue 131

~ Mystery Dust

An essay reflecting on dust and the work of Liz Magor for The Capilano Review’s digital chapbook ti-TCR 14

~ Ieva Misevičiūtė: Character Studies of Primeval Life Forms

An artist feature for Mousse

~ I Just Want To Talk About How I Just Want To Dance With You

Conversations on dance and criticism with Jane Ellison, Deanna Peters, Alexa Mardon, and Brynn McNab for An Exact Vertigo at Unit/Pitt Projects, Vancouver

~ Spirit Nails

A short story for Young Adult, Issue 1

~East Georgia's Shameless Loiterers

A tiny suite of poems for the Somewhat Urgent Series

~ Hygiene Tricks & The People At Schick

An exhibition review of Kara Hansen’s Hypnic Jerk at Spare Room, Vancouver for The Bartleby Review


~ Four Etymologies

A text accompanying my exhibition The Poet's Vacation at Index Gallery, Vancouver


~ A Million Liquid Bodies: A Conversation with Rachelle Sawatsky

An interview for Decoy Magazine


Memoirs of a Lasting Sting

A review of Snežana Golubović, Márcio Carvalho & Steve Hubert at LIVE International Performance Art Biennale, Vancouver for Decoy Magazine

After Finitude

A review of Afer Finitude: Neil Campbell, Hanne Darboven, Nicole Ondre, Cheyney Tompson at the Or Gallery, Vancouver for C Magazine, Issue 119

When Someone Strange is Calling You Home 

A review of When Someone Strange is Calling You Home: Alejandro Cesarco, Toshie Takeuchi, Alison Tweedie at Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver for Decoy Magazine

~ Rehearsal for a Poem: in conversation with Tiziana La Melia

An interview for C Magazine, Issue 117