Shirley Chan is writing a memoir about growing up in her parent's Chinese restaurant. To procrastinate, she also writes essays and poems.

When the words part of her brain is tired, she embroiders wildly, which is not a technique recommended by any formal school of embroidery. Her work has been featured in a VR museum.

︎ irleywrites
︎ irleywrites (at) gmail (dot) com (irley = shirley without the “shh” cuz I’m loud)

Reviews & Interviews

On Rejection: Shirley Chan
Collected Rejections

Workshops & Fellowships

Manuscript Bootcamp (Fall 2023)
Pam Houston

Tin House (Summer 2022)
Sarah Gerard

Rooted & Written (2022)
Celeste Chan and JD Beltran

Writing by Writers (Tomales Bay 2022)
Melissa Febos

Writing community

Senior nonfiction editor (2023-present)
The ASP Bulletin

Co-founder (2024)
Secret Nook Reading Series

Member (2022-present)
Bereket Writing Community

CNF reader (2022)
Reservoir Road Literary Review