Julie Wan is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Arts and Letters, The Journal, The Washington Post Magazine, TimeOut Beijing, and on public radio’s The Splendid Table, among others. A recipient of the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize and the William Allen Creative Nonfiction Award, she currently serves as the nonfiction editor of The EcoTheo Review. In 2020, she co-founded Vita Poetica, an arts collective and nonprofit organization connecting artists of faith and enlivening spiritual conversations through the arts. She serves as president of the Board and managing editor of Vita Poetica Journal.
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. 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. 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 among immigrant communities in Canada and then the U.S. — a journey that often informs her work. She currently lives in the DC area with her husband and two children.