Christina Chiu, Curator/Host, The Pen Parentis Literary Salon

Christina Chiu is the winner of the James Alan McPherson Award for her novel Beauty, also a Kirkus Best of 2020 pick. She is also author of Troublemaker and Other Saints.  Troublemaker was a nominee for a BOMC Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award. Chiu’s stories appear in Tin House, The New Guard, Kweli Journal, Washington Square, The MacGuffin, Charlie Chan is Dead 2, Not the Only One, Washington Square, Down by the River; she has won literary prizes from Playboy, New Stone Circle, El Dorado Writers’ Guild, The APA Journal: “In the Heart.” Her story “Waves” was nominated for the Pushcart. Her essays appear in Electric Literature, Next Tribe, Publisher’s Weekly and Poets& Writers. Chiu curates and hosts The Pen Parentis Literary Salon and New York Writer’s Workshop’s Let’s Talk Books. She is a founding member of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She received her MFA from Columbia University. She is also a shoe designer.


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