SHAWNA YANG RYAN is a former Fulbright scholar and the author of Water Ghosts (Penguin Press 2009) and Green Island (Knopf 2016). She is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her short fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Asian American Literary Review, Kartika Review, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. She is a 2017 recipient of the American Book Awards and the 2015 recipient of the Elliot Cades Emerging Writer award, Hawai’i’s highest literary honor. Originally from California, she now lives in Honolulu.