I am a genderqueer, bisexual artist and teacher living in Oakland, California. I graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in anthropology. I have an MFA from San Francisco State University where I teach creative writing (Fall 2019), and I am also currently an instructor at California State University Stanislaus where, in the summers, I teach creative writing (to biology majors!). I am the co-founder of The Escapery, a collective of teachers who are dedicated to diversity, and to writing and art as a form of resistance. I am currently working on a new novel and a second collection of short fiction.
My flash fiction won Redivider's 2018 Blurred Genres Contest, and The Vestal Review's 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize. I have been nominated for Best of the Net, The Best Microfictions, the Pushcart Prize, and nominated multiple times for The Best Small Fictions (of which I won in 2018). My short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays--which have appeared in over thirty literary journals--often center on the experiences of the elderly, the young, immigrants, as well as with characters who struggle with mental health issues. I endeavor to write about (and to amplify, diversify, complicate) the voices that have been historically ignored (or stereotyped or diminished or demonized) within academia and literature. I am particularly interested in exploring the lives of American-born Chinese and Chinese immigrants. My debut full-length collection, SPIDER LOVE SONG AND OTHER STORIES, (Acre Books, September 2019), is now available!
In my workshops and ekprhasis field trips, I utilize poetic constraints, art/drawing, and freewrites as a way to generate new material, to push the boundaries of language and syntax, and to create new access points and lines of inquiry for writers.
I love how mathematics informs poetry, anthropology informs fiction writing, art informs biology, theater informs astronomy, flash fiction informs physics...I love how different professional and academic disciplines enrich one another in ways that often defy our expectations.