photo by SM Sukardi

Grace Shuyi Liew is a lesbian writer & poet.

Born & raised in Malaysia, a former British colony, Grace writes of migration, sexuality, and transnational lineages. She is currently writing her first novel, Most Beautiful Things, a queer coming-of-age set in a fictional gambling city in Malaysia.

She has been awarded a Center for Fiction Fellowship, Tin House writer-in-residence, MacDowell Fellowship, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Fellowship from Squaw Valley Writers, Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Aspen Summer Words scholarship, resident writer at Can Serrat in Barcelona, Watering Hole Fellowship, Ahsahta Press Chapbook Prize, and many others.

She has written a poetry collection, Careen (Noemi Press, 2019), named Electric Literature’s “14 Unmissable Poetry Books of 2019,” Bustle’s “26 New Poetry Collections By LGBTQIA+ Writers To Look Out For In 2019,” Entropy Magazine’s “Best Poetry Books of 2019,” Bookriot’s “Queer Poetry Collections to Read During National Poetry Month,” and more. She has been anthologized in 2019 Best of the Net.

Grace lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her girlfriend, dog, and cat. She studied philosophy and now teaches various workshops, serves The Trevor Project as a crisis counselor, and sometimes hosts a local queer collective.


The Margins, Asian America Writers Workshop (forthcoming winter 2022)

The Use of Lyricism, Kenyon Review

Film Camera, Honey Literary

Publics, Juked

Eventually Every Color Careens into Its Own Lack, Dreginald

Martian Snatch, Wanderer

In A Simplified Language, Tell Me About The Weight Of Sounds, Banango Street 

What Do You Want To Play?, TYPO 

Two PoemsPANK


Careening: An Interview by Vi Khi Nao, LA Review of Books

An Interview, Ploughshares Blog

Our Worries: A #MeToo Narrative, American Book Review

A Podcast Convo with Muriel Leung, Blood-jet Writing Hour

Review and Q&A: Careen, Host Publications

The Ruthless Otherworld of Grace Shuyi Liew, Anomaly Lit

How to Run Out of Our Own Flesh, a review, Asterix Journal