Brooklyn, NY – Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and moved to the United States at the age of ten. She graduated from Brown University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She works as a web producer for the award-winning PBS documentary series POV. Her first novel, The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press (U.S.), Bloomsbury (U.K.), and Piemmi (Italy).
Ruiyan has been a recipient of the Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Award from Hedgebrook and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers. She has attended residencies at Hedgebrook (WA), the Espy Foundation (WA), the Anderson Center (MN), Jentel (WY), and Ragdale (IL). She has been accepted for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the KHN Center for the Arts (MO), and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (NY). She has been a member of a New York City-based writer’s group since 2002, and she is a mentor with Girls Write Now, which serves underserved or at-risk high school girls interested in writing.