Discipline: Literature – fiction

Grace Shuyi Liew

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Born and raised in Malaysia, Grace Shuyi Liew is a lesbian poet and fiction writer currently living in Brooklyn. Grace writes of migration, sexuality, and transnational lineages. Her work has won the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (judged by Min Jin Lee), placed first runner-up in the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction (judged by Deesha Philyaw), and appeared in the Kenyon Review, Electric Lit, Best of the Net, and elsewhere. She is the author of the poetry collection Careen (Noemi Press, 2019), which has been named one of Electric Literature’s 14 Unmissable Poetry Books of 2019.

She has been awarded Fellowships and residencies by the Center for Fiction, Tin House, MacDowell, Squaw Valley Writers, Aspen Summer Words, Can Serrat in Barcelona, Watering Hole, was an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and won the Ahsahta Press Chapbook Prize among other accolades.

While at MacDowell, she worked on a novel set in a fictional gambling city in Malaysia.

Portrait by SM Sukardi



Grace Shuyi Liew worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast façade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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