About Me

Hi there! My name is Michelle and I am a 22-year-old Asian-American poet, author, and multimedia artist based in Northern Virginia. This website is a home for my creative portfolio.

Friends, family, readers, and reviewers alike have praised my artistic commitment to showcasing vulnerability, intensity, and intimacy in my published works. My debut collection of poetry and hybrid prose, Cul-de-sac Angels (2021), celebrates suburban nostalgia, complicated adolescence, victories against mental illness, and the feminine, confessional soul. As a writer, I strive to unapologetically combine realism and folklore, straddling the line between fiction and nonfiction.

In May 2021, I graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English (Literature and Language; Creative Writing) and Communication Science and Social Inquiry. I take tremendous pride in calling myself a Hokie, and am endlessly grateful for the transformative years of my life I spent dreaming in the mountains of Appalachia. Sense of place is also a running theme in my work. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and have since returned to the area post-graduation. The small corner of Lake Ridge, Virginia has been a source of inspiration to me for over two decades now. I find that I cannot separate my hometown from my writing voice— and I have grown to love that.

I am currently working as a Marketing and Publicity Manager for Amplify Publishing, an imprint of Mascot Books. As an author myself, helping other authors promote their work in sustainable, exciting ways is one of my many passions. In the future, I hope to exercise my passion for people in the classroom setting, teaching secondary and university-level English.

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