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Visiting Writing Series: Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li is the author of four works of fiction, Kinder Than Solitude, The Vagrants, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl; a children's book, The Story of Gilgamesh; and a memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She grew up in China, and came to the United States to pursue a science career in immunology before she became a writer. She is the recipient of many awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award, Benjamin H. Danks Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.