Bonnie Chau is from Southern California, where she studied art history and English literature at UCLA and ran writing programs at the nonprofit 826LA. She received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University, with a joint concentration in translation, focusing on French and Chinese fiction. She has received scholarships, fellowships, and residency opportunities from the Fine Arts Work Center, the American Literary Translators Association, Vermont Studio Center, and Art Farm Nebraska, and her writing has appeared in Flaunt, The Offing, Joyland, Nat. Brut, Two Lines, Fence, and other journals. A Kundiman fellow, she works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn and is associate web editor at Poets & Writers.



Asian American Writers’ Workshop: The Margins: Interview by Jen Lue, December 2018

Pigeon Pages: Interview, December 2018

The Believer Logger: Interview by Liza St. James, November 2018

The Rumpus: Mini-Interview Project #155 by A.A. Balaskovits, November 2018

Lumina Journal blog: Power and Self Interrogation in “All Roads Lead to Blood” by Cody Ross Romero, November 2018

The Offing: Contributor Q&A, October 2018

Library Journal’s Top Short Fiction for Fall: Nine Collections Representing the Best of the Genre, 2018

Heavy Feather Review: review, September 2018

Sinkhole: review, September 2018

Kirkus Reviews: starred review, August 2018

Santa Fe Writers Project: Author Spotlight, October 2017

The Rumpus, This Week in Short Fiction: "Stevie Versus the Negative Space," July 2017

Timber Journal: Contributor Interview, January 2016

Melville House: Ask a Bookseller, January 2016



AAWW’s The Margins: September Bookmarks: 22 New Books by Asian Writers, 2018

Literary Hub's 15 Books You Should Read in September, 2018

Buzzfeed's Best Books of Fall 2018

The Coil's Most Anticipated September 2018 Books

IPG Staff’s Top Picks – Fall 2018



CLMP Firecracker Awards: Finalist, Fiction, 2019

Black Mountain Institute-Believer Shearing Fellowship: Finalist, 2019–2020

Vermont Studio Center residency: Fellowship, Johnson, VT, 2017

American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Conference Travel Fellow, Minneapolis, MN, 2017

2040 Books Awards Program Contest: First Prize, 2017

The Cabins, collaborative multidisciplinary retreat, Diversity Scholarship, Norfolk, CT, 2017

Art Farm Nebraska residency, Marquette, NE, 2016

Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program, Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Scholarship, Provincetown, MA, 2016

The Blueshift Journal’s Brutal Nation: Prizes for Writers of Color: Editor's List, Prose, 2016

The Puritan's Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence: Finalist, Fiction, 2015

Kore Press Short Fiction Award: Semifinalist, 2015

SLS-Disquiet Contest: Finalist, Fiction, 2015

Kundiman: Fiction Fellow, 2015–

Washington Square Review Award: Finalist, Fiction, 2013   



Reading from All Roads Lead to Blood book launch at Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2018

Reading of "Chinatown of My Dreams" at The W.O.W. Project's Chinatown Storytelling Open Mic Night at Wing On Wo & Co., Manhattan Chinatown, NY, May 11, 2017