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About Me

I'm a Chinese-American adoptee from Jiangsu Province. I grew up in the D.C. area in Maryland and am now based in Pittsburgh, PA. When I'm not writing, I enjoy cooking, crocheting, and practicing calligraphy. Please use they/them/他.


University of Pittsburgh, graduated April 2019

Bachelor of Philosophy, Communication Rhetoric, English Fiction Writing

Minor, Chinese

Select Work Experience

Prism Reports

Copy Editor | November 2021 - present

Pittsburgh City Paper

Staff Writer | February 2021 - October 2021

Commonplace Coffee

Barista | June 2019 - October 2021

Laboratory for Child Brain Development

Video Game Writer/Narrative Developer | July 2019 - February 20201

Pittsburgh Magazine

Content Coordinator | March 2020 — June 2020

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Golden Quill Award Excellence in Written Journalism, Business/Technology/Consumer - Division 3 first place 2022 | "State Lawmakers Join Pittsburgh Restaurant Owners in Revolt Against Food Delivery Apps," published in Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation News feature second place 2022 | "How newsrooms, police departments, and social media fail missing people of color," published in Pittsburgh City Paper

Best of the Net 2022 finalist | "Names | 姓名," published in Chestnut Review's winter 2021 edition

Writer in residence, City Books | July 2020-November 2020

Yuan Prize | April 2019

Brackenridge Research Fellowship | Fall 2017

John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship | February 2017

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