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vanessa_bioVanessa Hua is an award-winning journalist and writer.

A recent Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at SJSU, she is working on a novel and a collection of short stories. 

 At the San Francisco Chronicle, she covered Asian American issues.  Previously, she reported on digital culture, technology, and minority business news.  Her overseas assignments have included writing about adult adoptees in South Korea and reporting on returning expatriates in China. She has also reported from Panama and Burma, filing stories on human rights, AIDS, and microfinance programs. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times before heading east to the Hartford Courant. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker online,Salon, Pacific Standard, andNewsweek, among other publications.

A Bay Area native, she is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Riverside’s MFA program, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s fellowship and the department’s Outstanding Student Award. She works and teaches at the Grotto in San Francisco.

Achievements include the Asian American Journalists Association’s National Journalism Award — online (2007),print (2008), radio (2014); the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter’s in-depth reporting award and the James Madison Freedom of Information Award.  She is a past co-president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and a graduate of AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program.

Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Atlantic, ZYZZVA, Crab Orchard Review, Daily Lit,Calyx, American Literary Review, River Styx, and Hopkins Review. She is the first-place winner of the 2008 Atlantic student fiction contest.  She received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Aspen Summer Words.  She received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Zoetrope fiction contest, was a finalist in the 2012 Poets & Writers California Exchange Contest, won the 2005 Cream City Review fiction contest, and was a finalist in the 2008 Asian American Writers Workshop/Hyphen magazine short story contest.  Her stories have been published online in Fiction Attic, VerbSap, Blood Orange Review, and the Salt River Review. Hear an excerpt of her work here.

To buy her short story, “The Deal,” published by the Atlantic, click here.

To buy her short story, “Line,Please” published by Daily Lit, click here.

She blogs about three generations living under one roof, as featured in the New York Times’ Motherlode.