Selected Essays

“The Monster in the Mirror” (six-part Catapult column)

1. My Father and the Dragon King (January 2020) *A Memoir Monday “Best of the Week” pick

2. The Faint Spirits: On Ghosts, Grief, and Motherhood (February 2020)

3. You Gave the Enemy a Face—and That Face Was Mine (May 2020)

4. What the Religious Right Gets Wrong About Monsters (July 2020)

5. How I’m Learning to Manage My Rage as a Bipolar Woman (November 2020)

Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity? – The New York Times (May 2020) *A version of this article appears in print on May 10, 2020, Section ST, Page 3 of the New York edition with the headline: What’s in a Name? Quite a Lot.

6. The Three Corpses (January 2021) *Shortlisted for a 2021 Chicago Review of Books Award

Tamago – The Willowherb Review (September 2021)

Writing in Cycles – Catapult (September 2021, forthcoming)

Ali Wong’s Memoir Isn’t Just About Asian Americans– It’s Written to Us and For Us

Ali Wong’s Memoir Isn’t Just About Asian Americans– It’s Written to Us and For Us – Electric Literature (December 2019)

A Reading Genealogy – Oh Reader (September 2020) *Print only

I’m a Mother With Bipolar Disorder – Family Story (November 2019)

The Night ParadeWhat God Is Honored Here anthology (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) *Print only

Return, and Return – Passages North *Print only

And Still They Try to Tell Us – Diverging (2019)

Dreamscape 8: The Anatomy of Wanting and Forgetting – Bat City Review (2015)

Dreamscape 2: Dear Pinocchio – Baltimore Review (2013)

Dreamscape 1: A Healing – The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (2013)

In the H – Niche Magazine (2012)

Miles – Escape into Life *Pushcart Prize nominee (2011)

Halloween and the Pandemic – Woman’s Day (September 2020)

Short Stories

The Sole Keeper – [PANK] (2015)

Savasana – r.kv.r.y (2012)

Articles & Interviews

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NILPPA Builds Framework for Understanding Programs – Library Journal (August 2020)

Write Between the Lines: Four Women Discuss Race, Art, and Writing – Superstition Review Blog (co-written, 2017)

42nd Street Review –  Third Coast Review (2016)

The Shape of Things Review –  Third Coast Review (2016)

Safe Spaces at Sappho’s Salon – Third Coast Review (2016)

Interview with Mare Swallow [+ Part Two] – Gapers Block (2015)


In the Face of Trump, Writers Resist – John Wilmes, The Chicago Reader

Me, My Shelf, and I: Jami Nakamura Lin – Laura Pearson, The Chicago Tribune (March 2015)