Award-winning writer. Friend of ambitious people living with limitations.

My name is Esmé.

(Pronounced Ez-may)

I’m a writer. My essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias, came out in February 2019 from Graywolf Press and is a New York Times bestseller; its publication is the result of having won the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. My debut novel, The Border of Paradise, has received accolades and kind words from places such as LitHub, NPR Books, and the Chicago Review of Books; I was selected by Granta for their once-a-decade Best of Young American Novelists list of 21 authors under 40; in 2018 I received the prestigious Whiting Award. I write essays that have been published in the Believer, Catapult, The New Inquiry, Lenny, Hazlitt, and Salon.

Finally, my short story, “What Terrible Thing It Was,” was featured in the Best American Short Stories 2018 anthology.

This website is the place to be if you want to know more about my literary life—links to pieces I’ve published, information about my novel and forthcoming essay collection, dates for forthcoming literary events, press clips, and so forth. Dig in.

Esmé Weijun Wang

"To help manage and offer guidance, [Esmé Weijun Wang] started an online business focused on building legacy and resilience for creatives, offering e-courses in guided meditation and restorative journaling for writers — telling stories about her own stories as an emerging writer living with challenges and limitations."

The New York Times

Are you an ambitious person rising to the top and living with limitations?

You can also find me here under the umbrella of The Unexpected Shape, where I provide resources for ambitious people living with limitations to build resilience, excellence, and legacy. I offer a free series of emails called Encouragement Notes, as well as entry into a supportive, thriving Facebook group made up of fascinating and resilient people of all sorts. My signature online course, Rawness of Remembering, is a much-loved program that teaches the skills needed for restorative journaling through difficult times.

Hop on over to The Unexpected Shape, or explore what I have to share about my literary life.

Do both! Either way: welcome.

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P.S. To find links to articles about me and podcasts I’ve been on, as well as media-ready photographs and contact information, please visit the Press page.

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