Raised in New England, Kaitlin Solimine has considered China a second home for almost two decades. While majoring in East Asian Studies at Harvard University, she was a Harvard-Yenching scholar and wrote and edited Let’s Go: China (St. Martin’s Press). In 2006-2007, she was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Creative Arts Fellow in China. She was the Donald E. Axinn Scholar in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (2010) and graduated from the MFA program in writing at UC-San Diego (2011). An excerpt from her first novel, Empire of Glass, won the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award judged by Colson Whitehead. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in National Geographic News, The Wall Street Journal, Guernica Magazine, Kartika Review, The Huffington Post, The World of Chinese Magazine, China Daily, and numerous anthologies. Kaitlin is co-founder of HIPPO Reads, a magazine and network connecting academic insights and scholars to the wider public. She recently returned from a few years living in Singapore and now resides in San Francisco where she was the 2016 SF Grotto Writing Fellow. Her debut novel, Empire of Glass, will be published in July 2017.