Angie Sijun

Artist in Residence, 2024

Artist Statement

Angie Sijun Lou is a Fiction Editor at FENCE and a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Best Small Fictions, Joyland, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from Kundiman, Bread Loaf, Tin House, The Granum Foundation, California Arts Council, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland and is writing a novel and a linked story collection.

While at Headlands

At Headlands, I will edit my collection of linked stories titled Glint of Sport. It is deeply indebted to my family’s history of living undocumented in the United States—they’ve taught me to look to the page as a site of permanence when our dreams and labors have been eclipsed by a state of eternal transit. Glint of Sport spans the life of a woman named Laiyla as her family immigrates from China to the United States, spanning episodes of her life from birth to death. The stories mirror diasporic movement, following her from an abandoned village in Anhui to a crowded warehouse party in New York. Much has changed in my style and predilections since I first began writing this project five years ago, and I am looking forward to having time and quietude to see the stories with a panoramic view, not only as discrete units but as an interlinked totality.

Writing Samples

Dark Soil: Fictions and Mythographies, Coffee House Press, 2024

“Labor Theory of Value,” The Slowdown, 2023

“Dog Eaters,” FENCE, 2019

“Happiness, I, Thou, You, Me,” Poetry Northwest, 2021

“The Motorcycle Factory,” Joyland, 2022