Chun Yu 俞淳 was born in China and grew up there. After graduating from Peking University 北京大学 with a B.S. and a M.S. in chemistry, she came to the United States to pursue her career in science. She graduated with a Ph.D. in biomaterials from Rutgers University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology (HST), where she began writing poetry and stories.
Chun Yu’s first book LITTLE GREEN: Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Simon & Schuster) has won multiple national awards. Chun Yu contributed to the award-winning anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston (Koa Books). Her poetry collection in English and Chinese has won a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant which merges science, art, and spirituality based on her experience as an immigrant from an old culture in revolution to a new world with transforming science and technologies. Her poetry and essays have also been published on Boston Herald, MIT Tech Talk, Open Doors (an anthology), and Konch Magazine etc. Chun Yu is an honoree of YBCA 100 for creative changemakers and community leaders. She has won a Zellerbach grant for “Two Languages/One Community,” a project that brings Chinese American and African American communities together in poetry writing and story telling. Chun Yu is working on a poetry collection, a graphic novel on Chinese history (Macmillan), a graphic novel on Chinese immigration history in the U.S., a series of illustrated children’s books, translation of a Chinese bestseller into English, and a number of other books to be published in the U.S. and China.
Chun Yu has been invited to speak around the country, including at the Pacific Asia Museum, MIT, Yale University, China Institute, Yahoo, Stanford University, Asian Art Museum, New York, San Francisco, and Boston Public Libraries, and many other institutes, schools, libraries, and bookstores.
Chun Yu lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.