Ziyi Yan (闫梓祎)

Ziyi yan (she/her) is a Chinese poet and performer. Her work is published or forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Rust and Moth, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Kissing Dynamite, Gigantic Sequins, grist: a journal of the literary arts, and Peach Magazine, among others. She has been recognized nationally and internationally by The Poetry Society, the National Foundation for the advancement of artists, The alliance for young artists & writers, Poetry Society of Virginia, Palette Poetry, Rider University, Poetry Online, the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards, the American Library of Poetry, Connecticut Office of the Arts, Poetry Online, Marymount Manhattan college, BreakBread magazine, the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Prize, Frontier Poetry, and more.Ziyi has been invited to perform her poetry and spoken word for over 15 events, including "A Poetry Special" by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, BreakBread Literacy Project’s reading series, and Erika Lutzner’s "Connecticut Poetry Salon." She was awarded 2nd Place in Connecticut for Slam Poetry and named Connecticut Youth Poet Laureate Runner-Up for her performance engagements.In 2022, Ziyi founded The Dawn Review, a literary magazine dedicated to supporting writers while promoting convention-defying work. An alumna of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, Adroit Summer Mentorship, and Kenyon Young Writers Workshop, Ziyi will be studying English at university this fall. She is currently working on a chapbook manuscript titled, "No One is Ever Naked."Email: [email protected]
Instagram and Twitter: @Ziyiyan___

Ziyi Yan (闫梓祎)

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lillian butler davies ceremony 2023
BreakBread Magazine Reading 2023
Scholastic Awards Ceremony 2023
Connecticut Slam Poetry Finals 2023
Ellipsis Reading 2023
Kenyon young Writers Reading 2023
Interlochen Intensive Performance 2023
GHS Open Mic Mar, Jun, & nov 2023
Westport Senior Center 2023
Erika lutzner poetry salon 2023
Sunrise Senior Center Jul 2023 & Dec 2022
Maplewood Senior Center Sep & Dec 2022
Inflectionist review reading series 2023

Interview and Performance in "A Poetry Special" with CT Office of the Arts 2023

Interviews, reviews, & more

Ziyi Yan (闫梓祎)


winner for spoken word poetry. national youngarts competition 2024Semifinalist. Poetry Online Chapbook Fellowship 2024, judged by Tarik Dobbsnational gold medal, american voices nomination. Scholastic Writing Awards 2021-20239 gold keys, 14 silver keys, 15 honorable mentions. Scholastic Writing Awards 2021-2023First Class. National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing 2023Runner-Up. Connecticut Youth Poet Laureate 2023presenting feature. Poetry Northwest 2023, selected by senior editor Xavier Cavazos2nd Place. Connecticut Poetry Ourselves Slam contest state finals 20231st place. Polyphony lit summer contest 20232nd place. Rider University national high school writing contest 2023Runner-Up. Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Poetry 2023Finalist. Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Prize 2023, judged by Paul Hlava CeballosFinalist. Palette Poetry Grisly and Grotesque Challenge 2023Longlist. Palette Poetry Chapbook Prize 2023, judged by Danez SmithLonglist. Frontier Poetry Hurt and Healing Prize 2023, judged by Andrés CerpaLonglist. Frontier Poetry Open prize 20231st place. Lillian Butler Davies Communications Contest 20221st place. Marymount Manhattan Poetry Contest 2022Poetry Finalist. Villena-Aldama Writing Contest 2022top 10 Commended Poet. Young Poets’ Network challenge 2022, judged by Khairani Barokka2nd place. Poetry Society of Virginia Student Contest 2022Presidents' volunteer service gold award 2021 and 20221st place. Piedmont Institute Communications Contest 2021


Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop 2023 with Paige Webb & Kirsten ogdenInterlochen Performance Poetry Intensive 2023 with Jax NealEllipsis Writing "Summoning the Intangible” workshop 2023 with Shangyang FangAdroit Journal Summer Mentorship 2022 with Jorrell WatkinsIowa Young Writers' Studio "Wild Things" workshop 2022 with Gilad Jaffe

Editorial work & teaching:

founder and editor in chief. the dawn review, 2022-presentPoetry Instructor. BeHASSTic, 2022-PresentSenior Editor. Polyphony Lit, 2022- presentfall contest judge. polyphony lit, 2023