"This marks the arrival of a promising new voice."
—Publisher's Weekly

"Vividly narrated and psychologically perceptive, Qu’s story uses family trauma to find perspective on immigration and perhaps even America itself."

"Gripping . . . Well written . . . Brilliantly insightful."

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My Story

Anna Qu is a Chinese American writer. She writes personal essays on identity and growing up in New York as an immigrant. Her work has appeared in Threepenny Review, Lumina, Kartika, Kweli, Vol.1 Brooklyn, and Jezebel, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College.  

She serves as the Nonfiction Editor at Kweli Journal, and teaches at New England College, Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their cat, Momo.

Represented by Duvall Osteen at Aragi Inc.

For Publicity, email Alisha Gorder at Catapult HERE

In The Press

"Qu rewrites the bootstrap narrative of immigrants building a better life for their children in her grim and entrancing debut. Her “path to the American dream” amounts to a devastating story of abuse and abandonment, beginning in 1985 Wenzhou, China, when her mother left her as a toddler with her grandparents “to start a new life” in America. Her disappointment “steeped like tea, growing dark and bitter” until her mother came back for her in 1991... Even in revisiting her harrowing memories, Qu writes from a place of empathy, transcending pain to embrace hope: “Sacrifice is in every generation of our family. I am no exception.” This marks the arrival of a promising new voice."


Upcoming Events

Made in China Book Launch

Powerhouse Arena @ Archway (in-person)

28 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY

Aug 02, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Atlanta History Center 

aka The Margaret Mitchell House

August 25, 7 PM EST

Virtual Book Tour

Conversation with Melissa Febos

Elliott Bay Book Company

Aug 05, 6 PM PST /9 PM EST

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Porter Square Books

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