Jenny Tinghui Zhang

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Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer and educator. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wyoming and a 2016 VONA/Voices fellow. Her work has appeared in/is forthcoming from Apogee, CALYX, and The Rumpus, with essays in Huffington Post, Bustle, and HelloGiggles, among others. Her story “Curiosities” was shortlisted in Cosmonauts Avenue’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest judged by Ocean Vuong. She serves on the editorial staff of Adroit Journal and is finishing a collection of linked stories about a Chinese-American family. Find her at / @pantaloonies


Cover Photo: Remembering Matthew Shepard’s Legacy in His Own Backyard by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Remembering Matthew Shepard’s Legacy in His Own Backyard

In this small town of Laramie, what you say matters. It gets around. The only way to combat the misinformation is to keep telling the truth.

Cover Photo: Illustration by Anja Slibar for Catapult
Facing Loneliness in a Wyoming Ghost Town

The little prince asks the snake, “Where are the people? It’s a little lonely in the desert.” To which the snake responds, “It is lonely when you’re among people, too.”

Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Jenny Tinghui Zhang; photo illustration by Matt Ortile
Alone in Wyoming, I Found My Place Through Karaoke

As a woman of color moving to Laramie, Wyoming, I was afraid that I wouldn’t fit in, that I would be unsafe. But at karaoke night at The Ruffed Up Duck, I found my place among the the defiant.

Cover Photo: Art by Brian Rea for Catapult
In the Harsh Climate of Wyoming, I Learned to Listen to My Body

My eating disorder dictated my relationship to food. Then I moved to Wyoming, whose unforgiving landscape reminded me: We eat food to survive.