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My Story

I was born in Fenyang, a small coal-mining city in China’s mountainous Shanxi Province. I immigrated to the United States when I was six and have lived in ten states. I hold a PhD in Literature from Florida State University and an MFA in Fiction from Purdue. My story collection, Further News of Defeat, won the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the 2022 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award. It was also a finalist for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker Award. My debut novel, Lost in the Long March, is forthcoming from Abrams Books: The Overlook Press.

My work has appeared in the New England ReviewGreensboro Review, Cimarron ReviewHayden's Ferry ReviewWitness, and Juked, among many others, and they have won an AWP Intro Award and been selected by the Best American Anthology as a notable story of the year.