Julie Wan is a writer based in Washington, DC. Her essays, features, and food and travel pieces have appeared in such publications as the Washington Post Magazine, Time Out Beijing, Meatpaper, Arts and Letters, and Kartika Review, and she has been a guest on national radio show The Splendid Table. She is the recipient of the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize and the William Allen Creative Nonfiction Award.
Julie earned her MFA in 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 received her BA from the University of Arizona with majors in linguistics, English literature, and creative writing.
Julie was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Chinese parents and spent most of her childhood in Canada — a journey that often informs her work. She currently lives in a 1940s cottage in the Maryland suburbs of DC with her husband and two boys. She occasionally blogs at Meat Loves Salt, an archive of recipes, stories, and traditions from her Chinese Vietnamese family.