WRITER / FILM CRITIC / FILMMAKER
Crafting uncanny dreams & brilliant nightmares under the sunny skies of Los Angeles.
jonah wu is a queer, non-binary filmmaker and Pushcart-nominated writer currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Their work tends to explore their Chinese American upbringing and the intersection between mental illness, trauma, dreams, memory, and family history. Their writing has been published or is forthcoming in Longleaf Review, beestung, Jellyfish Review, The Seventh Wave Magazine, The Aurora Journal, Sinister Wisdom, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Currently, jonah is Assistant Fiction Editor at ANMLY, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of eggplant tears, an online journal for transmasculine work. They also write a newsletter called RABBLEROUSE, which takes a critical look at media and seeks to define a new praxis for filmmaking.jonah is a 2022 Periplus Fellow and a 2022 Digital Resident at The Seventh Wave. They are a three-time Pushcart nominee for "A BRIEF HISTORY OF HAIR," "Sugarloaf," and "There Is No Easy Way Towards Earth." They won Tenebrous Press's Brave New Weird: The Best New Weird Horror of 2022 award for the short story, "There Is No Easy Way Towards Earth."They have 3 years of experience in entertainment marketing, where they primarily worked in research and audience analytics. Their clients have included HBO Max, Lionsgate, Disney, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix, and Warner Bros., for whom they created social strategy and digital content that maximized audience engagement.jonah is the founder of Anti-Racist Movie Club, an organization dedicated to anti-racist education through film, and Asian Defense Fund, a mutual aid group providing free self-defense kits to vulnerable members of the Asian community.In their spare time, jonah enjoys cooking, being terrible at skateboarding, and crying over fictional characters. Come say hi on Twitter or Instagram!
Masculinity Is the Soft and Vulnerable Thing Inside Me (Electric Literature)
tranSMOGrifying (smoke and mold)
How Chinese series The Untamed captures the lives of queer Asian Americans (Episodes)
The Sword That Cannot Kill (Bright Wall/Dark Room)Short Fiction:
One new comment on, “what are you thinking? are you well? 3 hr lofi beats to study/relax to” (forthcoming in ANMLY Folio: Future Possible)
I Hope I Am Lucky Enough (ANMLY EEAAO Folio)
Yao (The Seventh Wave)
Yama-uba (When Other People Saw Us, They Saw The Dead)
There Is No Easy Way Towards Earth (Los Suelos) Won for Brave New Weird Award 2022, nominated for a 2022 Pushcart Prize.
Fox Without Den (Jellyfish Review)
Sugarloaf (Longleaf Review) Nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize, and for Best American Short Stories 2022.Poetry:
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HAIR (beestung) Nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize, and for Best New Poets 2022. Finalist for Best of the Net 2023.
an open cry for yearning (The Aurora Journal)
the tiger sleeps at dawn (Sinister Wisdom)
Su Li-Zhen Descends to Earth in Her Flowered Qipao (Cha: An Asian Literary Journal)Film Reviews:
Kindness Is A Weapon: A Review of Everything Everywhere All At Once (ANMLY)
Top 10 Films of 2021 (The Film Stage)
7 Days (The Film Stage)
The Lost Leonardo (The Film Stage)
Roaring 20's (The Film Stage)
Fathom (The Film Stage)
Lost Course (The Film Stage)
Kaili Blues (Cha: An Asian Literary Journal)
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