Writing is an Act of Connection

Serena W. Lin cuts her teeth on monsters, myths, and magic. Her short(er) stories have appeared in Drunken Boat, cream city review, Hyphen, and Northern New England Review. She is working on a first novel, a short story collection, and a graphic novel with illustrator Sheika Lugtu. She writes fiction, poetry, essays, plays, radio plays, and blogs. Serena received her MFA from Rutgers-Newark as a Truman Capote fellow and is a VONA alum. Her playwriting work was with the David Henry Hwang Writer's Institute and TeAda Productions.

The following residencies have supported her work, and she's grateful to:

The MacDowell Colony

Ucross Foundation with aid from The Whiting Foundation


Brush Creek Foundation

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center


Anderson Center at Tower View with aid from Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Hewnoaks Artist Colony

Justice does not flow from the law. Organize. Act collectively.

Serena practiced law for nearly a decade in Los Angeles. She served as a Public Defender and then as a community lawyer focused on environmental justice, racial justice, economic justice, community economic development, nonprofits, land use, transportation, and affordable housing. She obtained her JD from UC Berkeley.

Poetry is life.

She resides in Brooklyn, New York and hails originally (and via starship) from California.