A 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee, Shin Yu Pai is the author of eight books of poetry. Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, The United Kingdom, and Canada. Poems have been commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art twice and her work is also featured in the Poetry-in-Motion Program sponsored by DART. She has been a featured presenter at national and international literary festivals including the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival and the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival.
In 2010, she became a member of the Macondo Workshop for Writers. Her essays and nonfiction writing have appeared in Tricycle, YES! Magazine, The Rumpus, City Arts, The Stranger, Medium, Thought Catalog, International Examiner, Ballard News-Tribune, Seattle Globalist, and ParentMap. She is founding editor of Lawrence & Crane publications.
Shin Yu’s visual work has been exhibited work at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, The Paterson Museum, The American Jazz Museum, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and the International Print Center. She is a member of the Mother Load collective.
Shin Yu has served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum and produced literary programming for the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Women’s Museum of Dallas, and the Rubin Museum of Art. She is former assistant curator for the Wittliff Collections. Currently, she serves as Head of the Obscura Society for Atlas Obscura and was the fourth Poet Laureate of the City of Redmond.
Shin Yu received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington, where she specialized in oral history.