Aimee Phan

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Aimee Phan is a Vietnamese-American author. She was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her BA in English from UCLA and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first novel, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiriyama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, USA Today and The Oregonian among other publications. She has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. She worked as an assistant professor in English at Washington State University from fall 2005 to summer 2007, and now teaches as an associate professor in writing and literature at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California.




  • 2004 Association of Asian American Studies Book Award
  • Finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards in Fiction
  • 2005 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book
  • 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
  • 2014 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency


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