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Yi Shun Lai

Instructor: Thesis I and II; Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn (pedagogy concentration)

Yi Shun Lai is a Thurber Prize semi-finalist for her novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu. Her memoir chapbook, Pin Ups, was published in 2020 by Homebound Publications' Little Bound Books imprint; her debut YA novel, A Suffragist's Guide to Antarctica, will be published in 2024 by Atheneum books. 

Yi Shun has earned two certificates in diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility work, and writes and delivers workshops on inclusivity for everyone from major video-game studios to small nonprofits. She was the founding nonfiction editor for The Tahoma Literary Review, and later, the co-publisher and fiction editor. She writes a regular craft column for The Writer, and her essays have appeared in many publications, including Brevity, Shondaland, Electric Lit, Multiplicity, and The Offing.

Please visit the MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing program page to learn about the curriculum, faculty, program options, and more.