Creative Writing Conference: Ling Ma

Ling Ma is the author of the critically acclaimed first novel Breakup (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018), described as a “meticulous and caustic description of life in big cities and what happens when a terrible pandemic slowly wipes out most of the human population”. Breakup won the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Named a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book of 2018, it has been translated into seven languages. Ling’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Granta, Playboy, Vice, Chicago Reader, Ninth letter, News Feed, and more. His scholarships include a Whiting Prize and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

Ling was born in Sanming, China and raised in Utah and Kansas. She earned her MFA from Cornell University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as a journalist and editor. She has taught creative writing and English at Cornell University and the University of Chicago. She lives in Chicago.

About the Creative Writing Lecture Series

The Creative Writing Lecture Series brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original craft lectures. Recent guests have included John Keene, Sarah Manguso, Lynne Tillman and Carmen Maria Machado.