Biography


Kenji C. Liu is a 1.5-generation immigrant from New Jersey, now in Los Angeles. His writing and visual art arises from his work as an activist, educator, and cultural worker.

His poetry collection, Map of an Onion, was the national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. It was also a finalist for the 2014 Hong Kong University International Poetry Prize. You can find his writing in American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, The Collagist, Barrow Street Journal, The Rumpus, Asian American Literary Review, CURA, Split This Rock’s poem of the week series, and many others, including the anthologies Dismantle and Orangelandia. His poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes was nominated for a 2009 California Book Award.

A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, VONA/Voices, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and Community of Writers at SV, he holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation.