Next Letter in the Mail: Aimee Phan


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from author Aimee Phan! Aimee writes to us about how her writing process has changed through her life—and the epiphany that helped her understand how her writing practice could coexist with “the people and priorities that must sit alongside [it].”

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Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County, California, and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts. She is the author of two works of fiction, We Should Never Meet: Stories (2004) and The Reeducation of Cherry Truong: A Novel (2012), both published by St. Martin’s Press. She has received fellowships and residencies from the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, MacDowell Arts Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi Artists Program, and Hedgebrook. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, USA Today,, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.


Photograph of Aimee Phan by Nicholas Lea Bruno.