Julie Wan is a writer whose essays, memoirs, travelogue, food stories, reviews, and other work have appeared in Arts and Letters, The Journal, The Washington Post Magazine, TimeOut Beijing, and on public radio’s The Splendid Table, among others. She is the nonfiction editor of The EcoTheo Review and co-founder of Vita Poetica, an arts collective connecting artists of faith and cultivating spiritual development through the arts. She serves as the managing editor of Vita Poetica Journal and producer of the journal’s podcast.
Julie earned her MFA in literary nonfiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught creative writing and composition. She has also taught writing at the University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America. She is the recipient of the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize and the William Allen Creative Nonfiction Award.
A lifelong lover of words and languages, Julie holds a BA from the University of Arizona with majors in linguistics, English literature, and creative writing, and a minor in French. She has spent more than 20 years wrangling words for others as an editor of academic, literary, journalistic, and organizational publications.
Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Chinese parents, Julie spent most of her childhood in Canada — a journey that often informs her work. She currently lives in the DC area with her husband and two children.