Brown Girls, a debut novel forthcoming from Random House/Penguin Random House in the U.S. on Jan. 4th, 2022, & internationally:

“The lives of young women of color from Queens, New York leap off these pages through a collective voice that feels at once frank and poetic, unexpected yet warmly familiar…With every stirring image and tight, musical turn of phrase, this story charmed, often surprised, and deeply moved me.” –Mia Alvar, author of In the Country: Stories, and judge of The Kenyon Review’s 2019 Short Fiction Contest (scroll to read the 2019 comments), where an excerpt of Brown Girls won 1st place!


The Best Short Stories 2021: The O.Henry Prize Winners. Edited by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Anchor Books/Penguin Random House. September 2021.

Unpublishable. Edited by Etan Nechin and Chris Molnar, published by Archway Editions/Simon & Schuster. October 2020.

Short Fiction

Brown GirlsKenyon Review. 

  • Awarded an O.Henry Prize for Best Short Stories of 2021. Selected by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • Awarded 1st Place in Kenyon Review‘s 2019 Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Mia Alvar. Read Mia’s words about my story here.
  • An interview with KR Conversations about my process writing “Brown Girls.”
  • BG was featured in VQR Online‘s The Best 200 Words I Read All Week, selected by Assistant Editor Heidi Seigrist.
  • An audio recording of BG on KR Out Loud.

PanagbengaKweli Journal.

Dreaming In TonguesJoyland.

BeEncounters. *Awarded 1st Place, Sidney Harman Fiction Writers’ Competition, judged by Mary Gaitskill

First DayEncounters. *Awarded 3rd Place, Sidney Harman Fiction Writers’ Competition, judged by Allegra Goodman

Coconut Milk Angel, GoodnightEncounters. *Awarded 2nd Place, Sidney Harman Fiction Writers’ Competition, judged by Katherine Vaz


The Vertical Interrogation of Nurses. The Margins / Asian American Writers’ Workshop.


Interview with Debut Author Jean Kyoung Frazier. Electric Lit.

Interview with Debut Author Mary South. Electric Lit.

Interview with Debut Author Alexandra Chang. Apogee Journal.

Interview with Debut Author Jeannie Vanasco. Columbia Journal.