Yen-Rong is a writer, reader, musician, scientist, and an aspiring academic, based in Meanjin (Brisbane), on unceded Jaggera and Turrbal land.
She completed an Honours degree studying English Literature at The University of Queensland in 2016. She completed a Bachelor of Science/Arts, majoring in Biomedical Science (specialising in genetics) and English Literature in 2015.
She is particularly interested in South-East Asian women’s writing, Asian Australian fiction, and postcolonial Gothic literature. She is the founding editor of Pencilled In, a magazine dedicated to showcasing work by young Asian Australian artists, and is a Queensland Writers Centre Ambassador. Previously, she has blogged for Rambutan Literary, been an editor at Umbel & Panicle, tweeted as part of the team at @Read_Women, and was in charge of Twitter and the e-Newsletter for Hot Chicks with Big Brains.
Her work has been published in many print and online publications, including Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Guardian, and SBS. She was shortlisted for the Deborah Cass Prize in 2017, the Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize in 2019, and the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, she was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and writer-in-residence at the Katharine Prichard Writers Centre.
She has worked in a number of different industries in a variety of roles, including IT, retail, hospitality, in SEO, a contact call centre, and as an office manager. She has also volunteered at World Science Festival Brisbane (2016-2017) and the Brisbane Writers Festival (2014-2019).
She is currently working on her first full-length manuscript, Things Left Unsaid, a collection of essays that explores the intricacies of navigating sex and relationships as a young Chinese-presenting woman in a Western society.