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Yanyi at the Kundiman & Wikimedia NYC Edit-a-Thon for Asian American Literature, The Ace Hotel New York, May 2019

Yanyi is an American poet and critic[1]. He won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize in 2018 for his first book, The Year of Blue Water. [2]


Yanyi is an associate editor at Foundry and an MFA candidate at New York University. [1] He was an Asian American Writers' Workshop Margins Fellow in 2017-2018.[3] He was a 2015 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. [4]

The Year of Blue Water[edit]

In 2018, Yanyi's manuscript was selected as the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Carl Phillips, the judge for the competition, said of his manuscript: “As its title implies, ‘The Year of Blue Water’ reads as a record of time, a kind of daybook of observations in sentences so crystalline, spare, direct, and yet offhand, that it can be easy to miss, at first, the book’s complexity...The poems...[invite] us into the life they invoke, a life that both argues for and is an example of how identity is multifaceted: the poems’ speaker is an artist, of an apparent immigrant background, is trans, is deeply invested in friendship as a rescuing form of community. Identity, then, as not any one of these things but all of them, each marker of identity at once incidental and essential.”[5]

The Year of Blue Water was published by Yale University Press in 2019.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Yanyi". www.yanyiii.com. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  2. ^ a b "Year of Blue Water | Yale University Press". yalebooks.yale.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  3. ^ "2017 AAWW Margins & Open City Fellows". aaww.org. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  4. ^ "Yanyi". Poets House. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  5. ^ Ferro, Alden (2018-03-05). "Yanyi is named the 2018 Yale Younger Poet". YaleNews. Retrieved 2019-05-05.