Catherine Yu writes about messy girls in messy worlds. She was born in Nanjing and is now based in New York. She is the author of Direwood and Helga, slated for spring 2024. She’s also an Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate. You can find her at catherineyuwrites.com or hovering near a claw machine, trying to reach elusive prizes.

Photo by Romke Hoogwaerts.