My professional experiences include writing (journalism and blogging), editing (editorial and copyediting), teaching (English and creative writing), and event management.
Education
Northwestern University
2002-06
Medill School of Journalism
Bachelor of Science, Journalism; English double major; 3.5 GPA
Notable Work Experience
SupChina
October 2017 - Present
Asia Managing Editor
I'm in charge of the website (SupChina.com) and -- as the company's first employee in Asia -- I manage all contributors and activities in China. Duties include editing, writing, assigning stories, organizing events, managing (to various degrees) social media accounts, and growing the brand in China. I also work closely with team members in the New York office.
Radii
March 2017 - July 2017
Editor-in-Chief
I was the editor-in-chief and first employee of Radii, a digital media platform -- stories, videos, podcasts -- that covers China for a Western audience. I was there from the project's infancy, shaping its form and direction, and building the entire editorial team. All stories published on the website went through me. Other duties included editing, writing, managing, organizing events, finding contributors, and much more.
The Bookworm
Jan 2015 - Jun 2016
Bookworm Literary Festival Coordinator
I was the primary coordinator of the 10th Bookworm Literary Festival, one of the largest bilingual cultural events in China and among the most prestigious literary festivals in Asia. Duties include inviting authors, programming events, arranging panel discussions, preparing materials including the main 100-page festival brochure, maintaining the website, securing sponsorship, promotion, marketing, and introducing and moderating talks. I was also one of the coordinators of the 9th Bookworm Literary Festival in March 2015.
Beijing Cream
February 2012 - Present
Founder, Editor-in-Chief
Beijing Cream is a news, society, art and culture website that at one time was producing seven posts per day. All of them went through me. I edited and wrote daily, in addition to maintaining the website.
Beijing Today
August 2010 - May 2013
Copyeditor
Beijing Today is a weekly English-language publication owned by Beijing Youth Daily. I was one of two copyeditors in the office.
ESPN The Magazine
Oct 2006 - March 2007; Aug 2007 - Sept 2008
Advanced Intern / Researcher
Research, reporting and writing duties for the magazine and ESPN Books. I did extensive writing for ESPNtheMag.com in the months leading up to / through the Beijing Olympics. Read my articles here.
Sports Illustrated
Summer 2005
Intern
Sports Illustrated is the largest sports magazine in the US. I wrote an article on golfer Barbara Romack that appeared in the October 31, 2005 issue of the magazine.
Notable Publications
Kartika Review
Spring 2017
Poem: Things That Taste Like Purple
My poem “Things That Taste Like Purple,” about baijiu, was published in the Spring 2017 issue. I performed this for Literary Death Match when it came to Beijing on September 11, 2013 (listen to it here, with accompanying illustrations and a self-translated Chinese version).
Naugatuck River Review
Winter/Spring 2017
Poem: Baby Rabbit
My poem "Baby Rabbit" was a semifinalist in the 8th annual narrative poetry contest. You can read it on this site here.
While We're Here: China Stories from a Writers' Colony
November 2015
Poem: Writers in China
My poem “Writers in China” appears in the anthology While We’re Here, published by Earnshaw Books (2015). This and my other published poetry can be found on this site.
Other Literary Reviews
Poems
Other places my poems appear in: Borderlands (Austin, Texas), Prairie Schooner (Lincoln, Nebraska), Cottonwood (Lawrence, Kansas), Asian Cha (Hong Kong), Poetry East West (China), Open Road Review (New Delhi), MaLa Literary Journal (Chengdu), Eunoia Review (Singapore), Five 2 One (Burbank, California), Blue Fifth Review (USA). Read them here.
Deadspin
February 3, 2010
Feature on Stephon Marbury
I wrote a feature about Stephon Marbury when he first arrived in China and was playing for the CBA's Shanxi Brave Dragons. You can read a selection of my nonfiction and journalism work on this site here.
Other
Big Brother Ultimate Frisbee
August 2015 - Present
Co-Captain
I'm one of three captains of Big Brother, which is the premier -- and earliest -- Ultimate Frisbee club team in Beijing.
Poetry Event
October 9, 2017
Poetry Reading ft. US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
I organized a poetry reading at The Bookworm, Beijing, headlined by the current poet laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith (here's me introducing her). The event also featured readings from Mario Bojorquez, Yi Lei, Ming Di, Simon Shieh and Kassy Lee. I read a poem as well, That Absent Person.
Other Poetry Events
March 16, 2014 and March 15, 2015
Poetry Night in Beijing; Poetry Beijing
I organized these two poetry events for the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival. The event in 2014 sold out (I read my poem “Just Another Park in Sichuan”), and the 2015 event was attended by Australia’s Ambassador to China, Ms. Frances Adamson (I read three poems).
Fiction Event
July 13, 2014
Beijing Flash Fiction Contest and Reading
An event I organized, with proceeds going to the charity Educating Girls of Rural China.
Teaching
I've taught creative writing to three middle school students, and taught English to several others.