Jessica Yu is a writer of fiction, essays and poetry based in Melbourne. In 2015, she was selected as one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s 30 under 30. Her writing has been published in The Best Australian Poems, Overland, Cordite, The Lifted Brow, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Saturday Paper and more.
She has received a ROSL Arts Travel Scholarship to complete a fellowship and public outcome in the UK, a Glenfern Fellowship and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship.
She has spoken about and performed her work at Edinburgh Art Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival as well as on Triple R and ABC Radio. She has presented her academic work as the Association for the Study of Australian Literature's 2017 conference. She has also judged the Above Water 2016 competition and the Melbourne Arts Student Society Essay competition 2017.
In 2015, she completed her BA (Honours) in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne where she was on the Dean's Honours List for Academic Excellence. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and writing her first novel.