Ziyi Yan (闫梓祎)

Ziyi yan (she/her) is a Chinese poet and performer. Her work is published or forthcoming in American poetry review, Poetry Northwest, Rust and Moth, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Kissing Dynamite, Gigantic Sequins, grist: a journal of the literary arts, and Peach Magazine, among others. Ziyi 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, the Hillstead Museum, Connecticut Office of the Arts, the fitzgerald museum, Poetry Online, Marymount Manhattan college, BreakBread magazine, the Tom Howard and Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Prize, Frontier Poetry, and more.Ziyi serves as the current youth poet laureate for the state of Connecticut. She has been invited to perform for over 15 events, including "A Poetry Special" by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, BreakBread Literacy Project’s reading series, the connecticut survivors' art summit, the hudson-to-housatonic scholastic writing awards ceremony, and Erika Lutzner’s "Connecticut Poetry Salon."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, Sewanee young writers conference, and Kenyon Young Writers Workshop, Ziyi will be studying English at Princeton 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)



lillian butler davies ceremony 2023
BreakBread Magazine Reading 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 2022 & 2023
Maplewood Senior Center Sep & Dec 2022
featured reader, scholastic awards ceremony 2023
hillstead museum performance 2024

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 2024youth poet laureate. Connecticut 2024 - 2025national gold medal, national silver medal, american voices nomination. Scholastic Writing Awards 2021-2024national silver medal and regional Gold Key for writing portfolio. Scholastic Writing Awards 202412 gold keys, 19 silver keys, 20 honorable mentions. Scholastic Writing Awards 2021-2024First Class. National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing 2023presenting feature. Poetry Northwest 2023, selected by senior editor Xavier Cavazos1st place. Polyphony lit summer contest 20231st place. The Fitzgerald Museum literary contest 2023-2024Winner. Fresh Voices Poetry Competition 20241st place. Marymount Manhattan Poetry Contest 20221st place. Piedmont Institute Communications Contest 20211st place. Lillian Butler Davies Communications Contest 2022Runner-up.Jacklyn Potter Young Poets Competition 2024Runner-Up. Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Poetry 20232nd place. Rider University national high school writing contest 20232nd place. Poetry Society of Virginia Student Contest 20222nd Place. Connecticut Poetry Ourselves Slam contest state finals 2023Runner-Up. Connecticut Youth Poet Laureate 2023top 10 Commended Poet. Young Poets’ Network challenge 2022, judged by Khairani BarokkaFinalist. Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest 2023, judged by Michal Jones, Briana Grogan, and Dare WilliamsFinalist. Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Prize 2023, judged by Paul Hlava CeballosFinalist. Palette Poetry Grisly and Grotesque Challenge 2023Finalist. Villena-Aldama Poetry Contest 2022Semifinalist. Poetry Online Chapbook Fellowship 2024, judged by Tarik DobbsLonglist. Palette Poetry Chapbook Prize 2023, judged by Danez SmithLonglist. Frontier Poetry Hurt and Healing Prize 2023, judged by Andrés CerpaLonglist. Frontier Poetry Open prize 2023Presidents' volunteer service gold award 2021 and 2022


Sewanee Young Writers' conference 2024Kenyon 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. the dawn review, 2022-presentPoetry Instructor. BeHASSTic, 2022-2024Senior Editor. Polyphony Lit, 2022- 2024fall contest judge. polyphony lit, 2023