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Aimee Liu is the bestselling author of the forthcoming novel Glorious Boy, as well as Flash House; Cloud Mountain; and Face. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her short fiction has been nominated for and received special mention in the Pushcart Prize competition. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, and many other periodicals and anthologies.

Aimee received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and currently teaches fiction and nonfiction in GODDARD COLLEGE'S low-residency MFA PROGRAM IN CREATIVE WRITING at Port Townsend, Washington.

The focus of this website is Aimee's literary work -- her novels, essays, and anthologized work. For more in-depth information about her most recent nonfiction book, GAINING, and about her other work related to psychology and eating disorders, please visit

Glorious Boy

Named one of Good Housekeeping's

Best Books of 2020

to Add to Your Reading List ASAP!


The Goddard MFA in Creative Writing community's blogsite:


My publicist told me to write in pictures. Actually, she said to start using Instagram to build up my social media presence in advance of my novel's release next spring.

It makes no sense, I protested. I write in words: stories, essays, novels. Books are published in print, and Instagram is a visual medium. Captions are permissible, but how many Instagram viewers bother to read the captions? Besides, didn't I have my hands full with Facebook, Goodreads, Bookbub, and my Amazon page – not to mention our ongoing chase for blurbs, reviews, readings, and other book events? These promotional obligations were distracting enough without adding photography to my to-do list.

Just try it, my publicist urged.

What Galvanizes You as a Writer?

Once upon a time, before I'd ever been published, I read a column in Vogue magazine that galvanized me as a writer. I was then 22, newly emerged from an adolescence that this article nailed. It even gave a name to the relationship with food and weight that had held me captive for seven years. And it set me on the path of a behavioral and psychological mystery that would inspire many of my books and essays over the next forty years.

An MFA Love Letter to Goddard College

Unlike traditional writing programs, our students present work to their advisor each month, and in return they receive between 30 and 40 pages of editorial notes every semester. By the time they graduate, they have what amounts to a small book of craft advice written specifically for them. This process is tailored to the needs, skills, and aspirations of the individual student. We approach learning as a partnership.

Between Yearning and Dread

"My father was fully aware of my quest to understand him. He gave me just enough clues over the decades to keep me coming back for more. Then, two weeks before he died, he asked me to bring him a box."

Aimee teaches fiction and nonfiction in Goddard's low-residency MFA program in Port Townsend, WA.

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Goddard College's MFA Program in Creative Writing

And in Other News...

Aimee co-edited this fabulous anthology on writing by members of the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing Program. These thirty essays range from craft concerns, such as form and perspective, to issues of artistic ambition and the role of the writer as social activist.
National Book Award finalist Kim Addonizio calls Alchemy, “a smart, exhilarating collection—a true literary conversation, filled with wit, heart, and insight.”
Maxine Hong Kingston, says:
“These authors’ thoughts are mystical and practical, political and inspiring and funny. I’ve found companions on this lonely journey.”

Time capsule! Aimee on air in 1979, talking about anorexia and her very first book, Solitaire: