Andrea’s stories, essays, and poetry appear in Gay Magazine, Bitch, Hobart, The Baltimore Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Electric Literature, Catapult, Third Coast, Day One, and elsewhere. Her novel manuscript about Korean American adoptee siblings was selected as a semi-finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and was workshopped at the Tin House Winter Novel Workshop. She has an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University.


Andrea has served as an in-school teaching artist for PEN/Faulkner's Writers in Schools program and is currently a contributing writer for the We Need Diverse Books blog.

Andrea was born in Korea and adopted as a baby. She was raised on Staten Island, New York (the forgotten borough/Shaolin/home of WuTang, Denino’s Pizza, and many members of the mafia — and the setting for part of her novel). She lives in Washington, D.C.

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