Weaving elements of whimsy into dark subjects, Maithy Vu’s work teeters on the edge of surrealism. Though full of childlike wonder, her prose contains a cacophony of emotions undoubtedly aimed at adult readers.
Vu started out writing poetry and plays while earning her B.A. in Theater Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her play, Wounded Wisteria, was selected to be a production of the UCSC Chautauqua Festival. After graduating, she published Wounded Wisteria as a novella, combining fiction in verse with her own watercolor illustrations.
Aiming to expand her experience with prose, Vu went on to earn her M.L.A. in Creative Writing & Literature with Harvard Extension School. There, she completed her first novel, Squid Season.
Vu co-edited and contributed to the children’s volume Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers, which was selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2022.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and their dog, Willoughby.
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