Julie Wan writes essays, memoir, travelogue, feature articles, and stories on the anthropology of food. Her work has appeared in Arts and Letters, The Journal, The Washington Post Magazine, and on public radio’s The Splendid Table, among others. She is the nonfiction editor of The EcoTheo Review and, with visual artist Lisa Shirk, recently launched Vita Poetica: An Arts & Faith Collective, which connects artists of faith in the wider DC area and cultivates spiritual development through the arts.
A 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. 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 also 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.