Jessica Yu is a researcher and writer of fiction, essays and poetry based in Melbourne. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literature Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. 


In 2015, she was selected as one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s 30 under 30. In 2016, she was one of three commonwealth artists to receive a Royal Over-Seas League Arts Travel Scholarship to take up a 2016 residency at Hospitalfield and present her work with Edinburgh Art Festival 2017. Her writing has been published in Best Australian Poems, Overland, Yen, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper, The White Review and more. 

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 at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature's 2017 conference, at the British Commonwealth Postcolonial Conference in 2019 and the South West Popular/American Culture Conference in 2019 where she was awarded the Diana Cox Prize for Best Graduate Paper in the field of Identities and Cultures.