Cynthia Liu
Cynthia W. Liu is a novelist-screenwriter of Chinese descent who originally trained to be a professor of American literature at UC Berkeley. She likens the experience to the difficulty and unpleasantness a kung fu apprentice undergoes -- minus the boiling pots of rice gruel and agility exercises on sharpened stakes. Her dissertation was on Asian American literature.

She’s also written five screenplays to date, and been a writer-researcher for a PBS series on Asians in the Americas. SPLENDID CHINA, USA the novel was shortlisted for the James Jones First Novel Contest and The Loft Prizes in Fiction. The screenplay adaptation of the novel was a finalist in the 2001 Sundance Screenwriting Lab competition.

Other awards include the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment New Screenwriter Award, the Elizabeth Mills Crothers First Prize for Fiction, grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Artist Trust, semi-finalist or finalist status in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project and Great Britain’s David T.K. Wong Fellowship; and residencies at the artists’ colonies Hedgebrook and the Vermont Studio Center.

In 2001 she was part of the Seattle Writers in the Schools Program, where she be taught creative writing to ninth graders. You can read her book reviews and essays in Tricycle: A Buddhist Review, the Pacific Reader, The International Examiner, Amerasia Journal, Korean Culture, Hedgebrook Journal, and others. Her most recent essay explored the ongoing importance to American audiences of Anna May Wong, a pioneering Asian American film actress. It's published in Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism, Temple University Press, 2000.

On October 19, 2002, Cynthia will be speaking on a panel at NYU about Flower Drum Song.

Cynthia also owns and runs Verbivore Writing Services.

Verbivore Writing Services
If you're a writer, graduate student, Webmaster, teacher or business owner and need professional, high-quality assistance in the matter of words, turn to Verbivore for perfectly seasoned words:

- Editing and fine-tuning
- Web site writing
- Non-fiction books
- Research for film and fiction writers
- College/graduate school application essays
- Scholarly papers, monographs, books -- across the disciplines
- Dissertations

If you are interested in a consultation, rates, or want to know more about Verbivore's services, please e-mail or call:

Cynthia W. Liu, Ph.D., M.A.
(323) 839-0419
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