April Yee

is a writer and critic whose poetry, fiction, and essays have been named Best of the Net, two-time The Best American Essays Notable, and winner of the Manchester Fiction Prize and Ivan Juritz Prize. A Harvard alumna and former journalist, she reported in more than a dozen countries at sites ranging from Chernobyl to Iraqi oil fields before moving to London, where she has served as The Georgia Review’s editor-in-residence, Refugee Journalism Project mentor, and trustee at Spread the Word.Her work on interests such as racial fraud and reproductive autonomy is in The Times Literary Supplement, The Offing, and Electric Literature, and she has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Southbank Centre, the National Book Critics Circle, the Community of Writers, Ledbury Poetry Critics, and the University of East Anglia, where she was the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholar. Collaborators have transformed her work into song, video, visual art, and sound installation.


Selected Writing

Criticism on work by Monica Youn; Helen Mort, Clare Shaw, and Anita Pati; Don Mee Choi and Kim Hyesoon; Nuzhat Bukhari and Kayo Chingonyi; Rahul Raina and Alex McElroy; Yusef Komunyakaa and Douglas Kearney; Gabrielle Bates and Matthew Salesses; Lee Isaac Chung; Claudia Rankine, Eduardo C. Corral, and Valzhyna Mort; Hassan Blasim; Raven Leilani and Xiaolu Guo.Interviews with Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Chang-rae Lee, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Carribean Fragoza, Richard Ovenden, Kiare Ladner.Poems or translations in SAND Journal, The Offing, The Rialto, Shenandoah, Ambit, Harana Poetry, LUMIN Journal, The Seventh Wave, perverse, Wild Court, Lunch Ticket.Journalism on strippers at Harvard, the Libyan transition from the Gaddafi regime, Vietnamese shrimpers in New Orleans, the two most recent French presidents, pollution in the Ohio River, a once-in-a-century contest for oil rights in the Middle East, the 2008 American presidential election, and Florida courts depriving non-English-speaking defendants of translators.


Contact

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