Discipline: Literature – fiction

Yan Ge

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Norwich, UK
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Yan Ge (颜歌), born in Sichuan, China, is a fiction writer in both Chinese and English. She is the author of 13 books in Chinese, including five novels. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of East Anglia where she was the recipient of the UEA International Award 2018/19.

She has received numerous awards and was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of 20 future literature masters in China. Her work has been translated into 11 languages, including English, French, and German. The latest English translation of her novel, Strange Beasts of China, was one of the New York Times Notable Books of 2021.

Yan’s English writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Irish Times, TLS, the Stinging Fly, and elsewhere. Her English language debut short story collection Elsewhere will be published by Faber & Faber in the UK and Scribner in the U.S. in spring 2023.

During her 2022 MacDowell Fellowship, she finished the last chapter of her Chinese novel 县志办 (The Local Archives Office) and began to work on her English debut novel, Hotel Destination. The Local Archives Office is to be published by Thinkingdom in China while Hotel Destination will be published by Faber&Faber in the UK and Scribner in the U.S.



Yan Ge worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near Union Street, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved to its current location, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery…

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