Jenny Tinghui Zhang

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Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer from Austin. Her debut novel Four Treasures of the Sky is forthcoming from Flatiron Books in April 2022. Find her at


Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of the author, book jacket via Macmillan
My Grandmother and I Never Saw Eye to Eye—Until I Wrote My Novel

When my Nai Nai asked me about the book, I felt compelled to tell her the truth: that I was scared, but that I was trying.

Cover Photo: Photograph by Brian Minear/Unsplash
I Went to Wyoming to Get My MFA and It Gave My Life Back to Me

When I came to Laramie, I found the person I wanted to be. When I left, I took her with me.

Cover Photo: Illustration by Lindsay Stripling for Catapult
A New Definition of the Term “Cowboy” Can’t Change Its Legacy

There are cowboys out there who echo the conquering-the-west narrative, one of entitlement and legacy and what he is owed.

Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
How My Korean Skincare Routine Protects Me in Wintery, White Wyoming

I take off the effects of the day, the echoes of wind, sleet, and snow. I pamper my skin, urge it to replenish and heal. I am asking myself to brave another day.

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.