Jenny Qi is the author of Focal Point, winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from Tin House, Omnidawn, Kearny Street Workshop, the San Francisco Writers Grotto, the Brown Handler Residency, and the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press. 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 is working on more essays and poems and translating her late mother’s memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and immigration to the U.S. When she needs a break from these projects, she works on fiction.
Jenny Qi received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Cancer Biology) from UCSF, where she studied novel drug candidates for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
She has since worked as a writer, editor and strategist for a range of audiences, creating and editing scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, news articles, blogs, podcasts, slide decks, and more. Most recently, she has worked with life science and biopharma groups as a competitive intelligence manager, with a focus on ovarian cancer. In addition to oncology, she has covered health insurance policy, diversity in medicine, medical humanities, hospice & palliative care, and mental health in academia. Her news articles may be found here, and more information can be found on LinkedIn.
At the end of graduate school, she was a co-founder, co-host and producer of the science storytelling podcast Bone Lab Radio, where she wrote and talked a lot about death.