Joanne Yao

Development Team


Joanne is a writer and teacher at work on her first book, a novel that explores the dissonance of being an outsider in her immigrant family and how the macro-events of history led them to leave China. She has stopped telling people about her former life as a food critic so they don’t get nervous about inviting her over for dinner.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she taught and proudly led Our Word: Writers of Color, a group devoted to empowering writers of color. She is published in CNN, Entrepreneur and Forbes.