April Yee

is a writer and translator published in Salon, Electric Literature, Ploughshares online, and others. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize, the Alpine Fellowship, the Women's Prize Trust's Discoveries program, and the University of East Anglia's David T.K. Wong Fellowship. She serves as a reader for Liminal Transit Review, trustee for SeeBeyondBorders UK, and mentor for University of the Arts London’s Refugee Journalism Project.

A Harvard and Tin House alumna, she reported in more than a dozen countries at sites ranging from Chernobyl to Iraqi oil fields. She has received support from the National Book Critics Circle, the Community of Writers, the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, the Society of Environmental Journalists, Ledbury Poetry Critics, Faber Academy, and (with multidisciplinary collaborators) the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

Selected Writing

Criticism on work by 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 Chang-rae Lee, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Carribean Fragoza, Richard Ovenden.

Poems or translations in or forthcoming from 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.


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