My professional experiences include writing (journalism and blogging), editing (editorial and copyediting), teaching (English and creative writing), and event management.

Education

2002-06

Northwestern University
Medill School of Journalism

Bachelor of Science, Journalism; English double major; 3.5 GPA

Notable Work Experience

March 2017 - July 2017

Radii
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.

Jan 2015 - Jun 2016

The Bookworm
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.

February 2012 - Present

Beijing Cream
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.

August 2010 - May 2013

Beijing Today
Copyeditor

Beijing Today is a weekly English-language publication owned by Beijing Youth Daily. I was one of two copyeditors in the office.

Oct 2006 - March 2007; Aug 2007 - Sept 2008

ESPN The Magazine
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.

Summer 2005

Sports Illustrated
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

Spring 2017

Kartika Review
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).

Winter/Spring 2017

Naugatuck River Review
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.

November 2015

While We're Here: China Stories from a Writers' Colony
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.

February 3, 2010

Deadspin
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

August 2015 - Present

Big Brother Ultimate Frisbee
Co-Captain

I’m one of three captains of Big Brother, which is the premier — and earliest — Ultimate Frisbee club team in Beijing.

March 16, 2014 and March 15, 2015

Poetry Events
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).

July 13, 2014

Fiction Event
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.