Yilin Wang

Yilin Wang is a writer, poet, editor, and Chinese-to-English translator. She is a queer Chinese Canadian immigrant and settler who lives on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, Canada).

Her literary and speculative fiction stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Clarkesworld, The Malahat Review, and What If? Magazine, while her poetry has appeared in Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, carte blanche, LooseLeaf, Arc Poetry Magazine, and the anthology The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol. 2. Her nonfiction writing has been published in Business Insider, The Toronto Star, Matador Network, The Tyee, and Canadian Newcomer. Yilin’s debut short story translation is forthcoming in Pathlight: New Chinese Writing.

Yilin has won the Joshua Weinzweig Postcard Fiction Contest and placed second for the Lisa Rector Young Writer’s Scholarship. She has also been shortlisted for the David T.K. Wong Fellowship, a finalist for Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction, and longlisted for the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award.

Yilin is an assistant editor for Room Magazine. She has served as the volunteer coordinator for Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival as well as helped design and curate events for Growing Room, MagsWest Conference, Word Vancouver, BC Association of Travel Writers Symposium, and Vancouver’s Asian Heritage Month. As a writer, Yilin has performed her work and participated in panel discussions at numerous literary events, such as Lit Fest New West, Norwescon, Surrey Muse, The Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival, Rowers Reading Series, and Brockton Writer’s Series.

A Creative Writing MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, Yilin is currently working on a historical fantasy novel inspired by Chinese martial arts folklore, a collection of speculative fiction short stories, and a collection of poetry about travel and Displacement.