About

SHORT BIO:

Emily X.R. Pan is the author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, coming in spring 2018 from Little, Brown in the US and Orion in the UK. She is also a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi. During her MFA in fiction at NYU she was a Goldwater Writing Fellow and the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine and lives in New York, where she also practices and teaches yoga. Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

 

QUICK FACTS:

Pronoun: she/her
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw
Terrified of: Weeping Angels
Addicted to: Instagram, zucchini fries, mooncake, Quadratini wafer cookies
Hobbies: yoga, music, art, photography, traveling
Favorite writing music:
 Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Rós, Flook, Joe Hisaishi
Collects:
musical instruments, cartomancy decks
Zodiac Sign: Libra

 

MORE DETAILS:

Hullo there! Thanks for visiting. My debut novel, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, is a story about a biracial teen girl who is convinced her mother has transformed into a bird after dying by suicide, and attempts to find her in Taiwan. It will be published in spring 2018 by Little, Brown in the US and Orion in the UK.

Apart from writing I also work on Bodega Magazine, publishing the fantastic prose and poetry curated by our amazing editors every month. Outside the literary world, I spend many of my days practicing and teaching yoga.

In the past I have worked for Penguin Random House (marketing children’s books), and taught creative writing to undergraduate students and long-term hospital residents. I received my MFA in fiction from New York University in 2012. During my time there I had the honor of being a Goldwater Writing Fellow and the editor-in-chief of Washington Square Review.

And in a previous life, I was a classically trained musician who somehow ended up in business school studying marketing and international business. (Even I’m not totally sure how that happened.) I still sing and play music for fun; these days I’m taking mandolin lessons and studying bluegrass techniques.

If you’re interested in hiring me to teach yoga at your writing retreat, conference, workshop, or other event, please get in touch with me via my yoga website.

I am represented by the brilliant Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.