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Grace Shuyi Liew is the author of Careen (Noemi Press, 2019).

Her work has appeared in West Branch, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, cream city review, PANK, The Wanderer, and elsewhere. She is a Watering Hole fellow. Her other honors include the Lucille Clifton Poetry Fellowship from Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Aspen Summer Words scholarship, resident writer at Can Serrat in Barcelona, resident at Agora Affect, Vancouver Poetry House’s “10 Best Poems of 2016,” Ahsahta Press Chapbook Prize 2016, and others.

She holds a BA in Philosophy from Hamilton College, and MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University. She is a Contributing Editor for Waxwing.

Born and raised in Malaysia, a former colony of The British Empire, Grace thinks closely of migration, loss, sexuality, violence, and nation states. The Mother figure, the Mother tongue, and the Mother land converge in her work, alongside theories about split consciousnesses and their affect.

Previously, Grace has worked as an instructor at Louisiana State University, and as a Teaching Artist with the Manship Theater Foundation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has taught rhetoric, poetry, gender & women studies, and somatics-based arts workshops from K-12 to the university level. Prior to moving to the United States on a college scholarship, Grace worked as a simultaneous interpreter and broadcast journalist. Her family remains in Malaysia.

Currently, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she runs a burgeoning qpoc arts collective and shoots photography. Her second book of poetry, a book-length transnational epic poem, will be forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in 2020. She teaches for Brooklyn Poets and is working on a novel.


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