April Yee

is a writer and translator of power and postcolonialism. She serves as a regular contributor to Ploughshares online, reader for TriQuarterly and Liminal Transit Review, trustee for SeeBeyondBorders UK, and mentor for University of the Arts London’s Refugee Journalism Project. She is shortlisted for the 2021 Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize and the University of East Anglia's 2021 David T.K. Wong Fellowship. Her work is in Newsweek, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, The Boston Globe, and others.

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 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 Yusef Komunyakaa and Douglas Kearney, Gabrielle Bates and Matthew Salesses; Lee Isaac Chung; Viet Thanh Nguyen; Claudia Rankine, Eduardo C. Corral, and Valzhyna Mort; Hassan Blasim; Ito Hiromi and Lee Hyemi; and Raven Leilani and Xiaolu Guo.

Interviews with Chang-rae Lee, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Richard Ovenden, and Carribean Fragoza (forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review online).

Poems or translations in or forthcoming from Shenandoah, LUMIN Journal, Iamb, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, The Seventh Wave, perverse, Abridged, SMOKE, Wild Court, Lunch Ticket, Ambit, Finished Creatures, Harana Poetry, and Painted, spoken.

Journalism on strippers at Harvard, the Libyan transition from the Gaddafi regime, the Atlanta spa murders, the two most recent French presidents, pollution in the Ohio River, a once-in-a-century contest for oil rights in the Middle East, Vietnamese shrimpers in New Orleans, the 2008 American presidential election, and Florida courts depriving non-English-speaking defendants of translators.


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