My Writing

I've had the opportunity to be mentored by many incredible people, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Prof. Adam Johnson, Prof. Jonah Willihnganz, Melissa Dyrdahl, Jenn Trahan, Molly Antopol, Richie Hofmann, and more. The works you see below are tentative drafts that I'm continuing to work on!
Dolphin Trainer

Matchmakers of Dolphin Grotto (2022)

In my first fiction piece, a head dolphin trainer battles the shadows of a conflicted past, raised by recent negative media coverage. It plays with the idea of acting one way and thinking another. To whom do we put up a show? To whom are we just ourselves? Where's the liminal area? Inspired by a real story and some anecdotes from real whale trainers. The writing is still a working draft.

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Poetry Chapbook

See it Here, Save it Where? (2022)

A chapbook of 5 (fictitious) poems. It begins with a critical essay on my writing style, written by a poet classmate. In my work, I write about innocence, a tumultuous family, and dying animals.

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Wetsuit

Wave Rider (2022)

In this short writing, I focus on a fond memory of surfing in Socal when I was very young and how these memories are delicate apparitions we keep deep inside.

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Chowder

Chowder (2021)

In this (very unpolished) writing, I look at my dances with solitude.

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Country road

But it Does to Me (2021)

In this (very unpolished) writing, I look at the permanence of my childhood village, farm, and wilderness.

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Orca trainer

Orca Boy (Work in progress, 2022)

In this audio production in collaboration with the Stanford Storytelling Project, I talk about my friendship with a killer whale trainer from my hometown. In our friendship and near-parallel stories of self-discovery, I find closure in my childhood obsession and learn to respect the complexities of a controversial issue. Not all we hear, not all that is sensationalized, is true. This applies even to the things we say to ourselves. Advised by Stanford Alum Megan Calfas and Jackson Roach.

Joe

Joe's Shanghai (2022)

In this short writing, I look at my Chinese culture through a comfort food restaurant that burned down in 2020.

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Moby Dick

Can Animals Seek Revenge? (2022)

In this academic essay, I look at the death of Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld and the injury of Ahab in Moby Dick as a way of understanding competing theories of animal morality through a philosophical and literary lens. Given very high marks in a Stanford literature class.

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Tractor

Portrait of a Bosnian Neighbor (2021)

In this (very unpolished) writing, I talk about my relationship with my neighbor and our neighborhood.

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Wetsuit

Roads and Rivers and Skies (2021)

In this fever dream of piece, I look at some chaotic details of my childhood: fish-killing, patio stools, and the sway of planes in the dying light.

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