IMG_2070I'm a writer, cultural worker, and activist based in the 
San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. I was born in Hong Kong and grew up all over the United States as well as in Hong Kong and Beijing. As an adult, I've lived in Germany and the U.S.

I've worked primarily in social-justice-oriented community arts and cultural nonprofits. I was involved for 15 years with Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), an Asian American arts organization, as a program manager, board member/president, and executive director; where I founded APAture, an annual festival for emerging artists, with a group of volunteers. I co-founded and was a senior editor, writer, blogger, and development director at national Asian American magazine Hyphen; worked as development coordinator for Women's Initiative for Self Employment; and served on the board of the Carl Brandon Society for six years. I have worked in fundraising, curated arts and literary programs, written arts and cultural criticism (among others, for KQED), and freelanced in a variety of nonprofit areas. Most recently, I've been working with the Disability Justice Culture Club organizing mutual aid for disabled and elder Bay Areans during crises such as the PG&E wildfire power shut-offs, and the COVID 19 quarantine order.

I have an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State. I've also done a some creative writing instruction: to adults at KSW and at the Oakland Word program, at SFSU as a TA, and as a writer-in-residence at San Francisco's School of the Arts.

I am a currently catless cat lady.

My writing has been published in various places, and a collection of my short stories, Slightly Behind and to the Left, was published by Aqueduct Press in 2009. There's more about my publications here. I've been working since 2002 on a magnum opus epistolary alternate history novel taking place on Mars. When it's done, you'll be the first to know. In the meantime, I am awaiting the publication (with Solaris/Rebellion) in August 2021 of my first urban fantasy novel, Monkey Around, based on the myth of the Chinese Monkey King. Do ask me about it!

I am represented by Amanda Leuck at Spencerhill Associates.

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