Ploi Pirapokin

Ploi Pirapokin is the Nonfiction Editor at Newfound Journal, and the Co-Editor of The Greenest Gecko: An Anthology of New Asian Fantasy forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2021. Her short stories and essays are featured in, Apogee Journal, The Offing, The Bellingham Review, and more. She has received grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Capacity Fund, the Headlands Center for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Kundiman, and others. A graduate of the 2018 Clarion Writers Workshop, she also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of San Diego. In addition to teaching at CNF, she also teaches writing at the UCLA Extension’s Writers Program, Catapult, and at the University of Hong Kong’s Creative Writing MFA Program.

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I have taken many online classes and Ploi was one of the very best [instructors]. She gives constructive criticism—meaning she points out strengths and weaknesses of a given piece of writing which you’ve turned in. She really promotes concrete writing, and pushes her students to do their best work.