About Me

Writing is teaching me how to listen, and I'm trying to find the pulse of my work, the heartbeat breathing life into me. In my academic and creative work, I tend to find it in exploring the formation of identity, shifting boundaries, and relationships with home.

See more about my current and past work below.

Current Work

Laboratory for Child Brain Development

Video Game Writer/Narrative Developer | July 2019 - present

Commonplace Coffee

Barista | June 2019-present

Past Work

Pittsburgh Magazine

Content Coordinator | March 2020 — June 2020

Collision Literary Magazine

Editor in Chief | Dec. 2016 – April 2019

Assistant Editor | April 2016 – Dec. 2016

Non-Fiction Editor | Sept. 2015 – April 2016
 

The Pitt News

Copy Chief | April 2018 – April 2019

Assistant Copy Chief | August 2017 – April 2018

Copy Editor | Jan. 2017 – April 2017

University of Pittsburgh, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Social Media Ambassador, @h2pkim | August 2018 – April 2019

Unicepta

Editorial Intern | June 2017 – August 2017

Pittsburgh Magazine

Editorial Intern | Jan. 2016 – April 2016

University of Pittsburgh, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Pathfinder (tour guide) | Sept. 2015 – August 2017

Midnight Writers

Editor in Chief | Aug. 2013 – May 2015

Contributing writer and artist | Aug. 2011 – May 2013

The Churchill Observer

Production Editor | March 2014 – March 2015

Staff Writer | March 2014 – May 2015

Education

University of Pittsburgh, graduated April 2019

Bachelor of Philosophy, Communication Rhetoric, English Fiction Writing

Minor: Chinese

Honors

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

Yuan Prize | April 2019

Curiosity Grant | April 2018

Brackenridge Research Fellowship | Fall 2017

John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship | February 2017

University of Pittsburgh English Department Internship Grant | February 2017

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Nominee Scholarship | 2015

Dean’s List, University of Pittsburgh, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences,  | Fall 2015-present

Publications

"Unnamed," short story forthcoming in Kweli Journal

"Watching a Bridge," essay forthcoming in McNeese Review

"Red Strings," essay published in The Offing

"Sitting in a café on a Monday morning," essay published in Jellyfish Review

"Triple nothings: racial identity formation in Chinese-American adoptees," BPhil thesis, defended April 2019

See more of my writing here

Teaching 

Tutor (4th and 5th grade reading comprehension), Pittsburgh, Pa. | 2019-present

Teaching Assistant, "Literary Publishing," University of Pittsburgh (spring 2018), Pittsburgh, Pa. | 2018

Teaching Assistant, Invited Lecturer, "Argument," University of Pittsburgh (fall 2017), Pittsburgh, Pa. | 2017

Tutor (English as a Second Language, individual and group lessons), Shanghai, China | 2017

Tutor (grade school English reading and comprehension), Novastar Prep, Reston, Va. | 2016

Tutor (AP US Government), Potomac, Md. | 2014

  • Black LinkedIn Icon

© 2023 by Andi Banks. Proudly created with Wix.com