Weike Wang

Weike Wang

Weike Wang is the author of CHEMISTRY (Knopf 2017) and JOAN IS OKAY (Random House 2022).  She is the recipient of the 2018 Pen Hemingway, a Whiting award and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35. 

Her work has appeared in Ploughshares and The New Yorker, among other publications.  She is in the 2019 Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prizes. She earned her MFA from Boston University and her other degrees (a bachelor’s in chemistry and a doctorate in epidemiology) from Harvard.

She currently lives in New York City and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, Barnard College and Columbia University.

Events with WildChina

WildChina Book Club:  Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang (Event #100)

The optimist sees the glass half full. The pessimist sees the glass half empty. The chemist sees the glass completely full, half in liquid state and half in gaseous, both of which are probably poisonous.

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