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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Ariel Chu, 2019

Ariel Chu is the child of immigrants from Taiwan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Syracuse University

Ariel Chu is a Taiwanese American writer from Eastvale, California. She is the daughter of an engineer-turned-acupuncturist and a Chinese teacher-turned-real estate broker, both of whom sacrificed their passions to make a life for Ariel, her brother, and her grandmother. Today, Ariel writes stories about intersecting identities, the burden of everyday power differentials, and what it means to be “authentic” given competing cultural influences.

Ariel pursued an undergraduate degree in English at Williams College, studying abroad at Oxford University for a year. In the summer of 2016, Ariel received a Robert G. Wilmers, Jr. 1990 Memorial Travel Fellowship to conduct literary research in Reykjavík, Iceland. In 2017, Ariel graduated with highest honors and the title of Class Poet. She was also awarded the Hubbard Hutchinson Class of 1917 Memorial Fellowship for excellence in creative writing.

Ariel is currently a second-year MFA student in fiction at Syracuse University. She is an editor in chief of Salt Hill Journal, the winner of the Spring 2018 Masters Review Flash Fiction Competition, and a finalist for various literary contests and residencies. Her work can be found in The Sonora Review, Nat. Brut, and Wildness, and her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions. Ariel is a former editorial intern at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a writing studies, rhetoric, and composition instructor at Syracuse University, and a college application editor for first-generation students.

Ariel aims to pursue a PhD in creative writing while completing her first novel. An aspiring writing professor, she hopes to aid young writers in articulating and challenging their identities. Visit her at

  • BA English | Williams College 2017
  • MFA Creative Writing | Syracuse University
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