I'm Katie, a storyteller based in Brooklyn. I'm a writer, editor, and photographer whose work has appeared in The Ringer, Marie Claire, VICE, Refinery29, Roads & Kingdoms, On Being, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and elsewhere.
Most recently, I was an editorial fellow at Guernica magazine. As a Spring 2017 TED Resident, I gave a TED Talk titled "As American as Chop Suey" about my photojournalism project on Chinese restaurant workers in New York. The photos and stories of these workers are collected in the exhibition Thank You Enjoy, which will tour the U.S. in 2019.
In 2016 I contributed to the documentary project She Is Syria, which chronicles the stories of women and girl refugees. Previously, I edited award-winning books for Amazon Publishing and HarperCollins. I relaunched Book of the Month as a box subscription service for books in 2015. I also co-founded and served as editor in chief of William & Park, a digital magazine for creatives.
A California transplant, I suffer from chronic wanderlust and an inexplicable need to collect cute things that don't fit in my apartment. I’m half Anglo-Irish, half Chinese, and a 4th-generation Chinese American. In another life I wrote about Chinatown, a place I used to live.
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