Writing is like falling down a flight of stairs. It's something you do.
I'm not a huge fan of platitudes about writing, but having fallen down a flight of stairs before, I can attest to this one. Here are some samples of my writing from recent years.
"Unnamed" | Kweli Journal | forthcoming
"Warmth" | Three Rivers Review | April 2018
"Vinegar Mind" | Three Rivers Review | April 2018
"Red Strings" | The Offing | forthcoming
"Sitting in a café on a Monday morning" | Jellyfish Review | forthcoming
"Fighting Through Turnover Tempest: Running an Undergraduate Literary Magazine" | The Review Review | March 2018
"Triple Nothings: Racial Identity Formation in Chinese-American Adoptees" | Bachelor of Philosophy Thesis | April 2019
Committee: Lynn Clarke (chair), David Molina, Frayda Cohen, Kimberly McKee
A reflection on catharsis and the benefits of screaming after four long years of undergrad.
When I returned from studying abroad in Shanghai, I reflected on the two months in my birth country with a focus on my trip to my hometown and the welfare center where I stayed.
Every year, The Pitt News publishes 25 feature-length profiles on people in the Pitt community, and I got the chance to sit down with Daly Trimble, who spoke to me about her community engagement, faith, and feminism.
After news broke that China will phase out its one-child policy, I wrote a column on the nuances of their decision, focusing on the ramifications and lasting consequences for women from the perspective of someone directly affected by the policy.
Over the summer, I wrote a lighthearted listicle of outdated jobs. To write it, I tapped into two of my favorite things — weird facts and historical rabbit holes.
For Best of the Burgh, the editorial team gets to pick its local favorites in addition to the readers' poll, and I chose to spotlight Grow Pittsburgh's efforts to expand food access and equity in the city.
In the early days of the pandemic, I profiled a grocery store employee about his experiences as an essential worker at an Asian grocery store.
I wrote this after attending a press conference with Baron Batch and representatives from the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival.
After months of crows creeping out students in Oakland, I researched and wrote my first long-form 412 blog post on the history and habits of the crows.
I wrote this for Sean Collier's Break It Down section, which examines Pittsburgh landmarks and phenomena through numerical-based facts. I pitched the idea for St. Paul, and I also visited the site and interviewed Father Kris Stubna before writing the piece.