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The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Jen Soong grew up in New Jersey and is an alum of Tin House and VONA. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Audacity, Black Warrior Review, Witness and Waxwing.

Jen earned her MFA in creative writing from UC Davis and BA in psychology from Cornell University. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing workshops at UC Davis and served on the advisory board of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).

Her memoir-in-progress, which is a reckoning of myth and migration, was shortlisted for The Feminist Press’ Louise Meriwether First Book Prize (2023). She lives with her family in Northern California. Find her work at

 Jen is represented by Marilyn Biderman and Amanda Orozco.