Events & Press


I’m so excited to announce the This is My Brain in Love With Indies tour, with a series of online conversations with some of my favorite human beings.

  • Friday, May 15th at 7pm ET – Isn’t it Romantic panel with Tif Marcelo, S.K. Ali and Farah Heron (produced by Asian Authors Alliance and livestreamed on YouTube)
  • Sunday, May 17th at 2pm ET – Writing the Complexity of the Asian American Experience panel with Traci Chee, Lori Lee and Deeba Zargarpur (produced by Asian Authors Alliance and livestreamed on YouTube & the Books Inc. Facebook page)
  • Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm ET – Politics & Prose (Crowdcast) – YA panel with Adib Khorram (Darius the Great is Not Okay) and Ashley Woodfolk (The Beauty That Remains)
  • Wednesday, May 20th at 8-8:30pm on Instagram Live – Let’s Talk Writing! with Kelly Yang
  • Saturday, May 23rd at 9pm ET – PubTalk Live with Sarah Nicholas and special guest Ellen Oh
  • Monday, May 25th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET – Panel at Changing Hands Bookstore with Stacey Lee and Nicola & David Yoon (livestreamed on Facebook Live)
  • Wednesday, May 27th at 7pm ET – Mental Health + AAHM panel at Main Point Books with Emily X.R. Pan, Farah Naz Rishi and Hanna Alkaf (produced by Asian Authors Alliance and co-streamed on YouTube & the Main Point Books Facebook page)

Click below to view some of my past events:




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  • Reading and discussion, City of Asylum, Pittsburgh, PA (postponed)
  • June 2020 – Maplewood South Orange Book Festival
  • October 2020 – Los Angeles Times Book Festival
  • November 2020 – YALSA Symposium
  • November 2020 – NCTE Convention
Essays + Op-Eds
This is My Brain in Love in the media
Intersex coverage
None of the Above in the media
Interviews/blog posts

An interview in the Pennsylvania Gazette, the UPenn alumni magazine: When the Answer is C) None of the Above.

I talk about my inspiration for None of the Above in my introductory post on the Fearless Fifteeners Blog

My essay for The Writing Barn’s Rejecting Rejection series on Accepting Rejection Without Rejecting Yourself

Here’s a guest post I did for Bookpage on giving voice to an intersex teen

PEN/America essay for #BannedBooksWeek on Why We Need Diverse LGBTQI Books.

My NaNoWriMo blog article on prep for writing a diverse book.

For #IntersexAwareness Week, I wrote an essay on the doctor’s experience at the AIS-DSD Support Group Meeting.

A guest post for’s contemporary YA week in which I talk about moving beyond the gender binary.

CUNY TV’s Asian American Life produced an episode about Grace Lin and the We Need Diverse Books panel at BEA/BookCon. I have a tiny interview at 24:30I was quoted in a terrific article on how many children’s books can be problematic.

The lovely V. T. Bidania interviewed me as part of her Asian Author and Artist Series

Publishers Weekly printed a fabulous spread in the BookCon daily with #WNDB book recommendations, including mine

Fast Company did an article on the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, and I discuss the factors that made the campaign such a success

NPR ran a very nice piece on the #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel at BEA/BookCon – listen for a little snippet of my moderation at 2:13

One Response to Events & Press

  1. Elsa Concepcion says:

    I got an early copy of the book, my teacher has the hook up cx

    Anyhow, I LOVE IT!(and I’m only halfway throughcl cx) I’m dying to make a movie based on it!

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