Jireh (they/them) is a queer Taiwanese/Hong Konger American poet and multimedia journalist born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. They are currently freelancing for various publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and KCET. They serve as the student representative for the Asian American Journalists Association, L.A. chapter. They’ve been a recipient of writing fellowships from the Key West Literary Seminar and Brooklyn Poets.
Previously they interned with NPR’s Diverse Sources Database and with The Los Angeles Times‘ editorial board. Most recently they were an associate producer with CapRadio’s new podcast MidPacific on Asian American identity and a video fellow with the Asian American Journalists Association’s Voices program. Their poetry has appeared in Ada Limón’s The Slowdown, the Human Rights Campaign, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Rumpus as well as the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
Random other facts about me in no particular order.
- Before becoming a journalist, I dreamed of being a marine biologist and spent three months cutting shrimp to feed stingrays in respirometry trials. And before that, I fancied a career in politics and had a two-year run in student government.
- I was 19 years old, helping Californians divorce at my local legal self-help center.
- It was in the summer of 2022 that I realized I’d never left L.A. County for longer than two to three weeks at a time??? I’m a real Angeleno through and through. Not going to lie, I’m kind of obsessed with East L.A.
- When I’m not busy writing, I run free poetry workshops for writers of all levels. (I usually host these in person and share them on social media.)
- I run a project that shares writing resources, Be(yond) the MFA.
- I also have a smol poetry chapbook out if you’re interested in supporting a young and struggling artist.
- I have a bokchoy and a dumpling tattoo amongst others.