Jenny Qi is the author of Focal Point, winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, ZYZZYVA and elsewhere. She has received support from organizations such as Tin House, Omnidawn, Kearny Street Workshop, the San Francisco Writers Grotto, the San Francisco Foundation, Nomadic Press, the Brown Handler Residency, SWWIM, The Betsy Writers Room, and the Mountain Words Residency. Born in Pennsylvania to Chinese immigrants, she grew up mostly in Las Vegas and Nashville and now lives in San Francisco, where she completed her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. She has been translating her late mother’s memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and immigration to the U.S. and is working on more essays and poems in conversation with this work.
Jenny Qi received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Cancer Biology) from UCSF. She has since worked as a writer, editor and strategist for a wide range of audiences across health and science industries, creating and editing scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, news articles, blogs, podcasts, marketing materials, presentations, and more. She has also worked with biopharma groups as a competitive intelligence analyst and manager, with a focus on oncology.
In addition to oncology, she has covered health insurance policy, diversity in medicine, medical humanities, hospice & palliative care, and mental health. She was also a co-founder, co-host and producer of the science storytelling podcast Bone Lab Radio. Her journalism work may be found here, and more information about her science and medical communication work can be found on LinkedIn.