Yi Shun LaiEditorial Advisor

Yi Shun Lai has worked with words for over twenty years. She publishes and edits the Tahoma Literary Review, a thrice-annual literary magazine, and writes both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches creative writing in workshops and classes at the college level when she’s not working for CYC, and has an irrational fear of earthworms, slugs, and sharks. Her debut novel has been in its fourth printing forever.

I believe in this principle, even though it isn’t always the popular opinion: Someone out there will always be better at what you do than you are right now. Find these people, learn from them, and then teach someone else.

Location: Southern California

Most Read Books: Anna Karenina. And okay, The Wind the in the Willows.

Favorite Story to Tell: In the late 90s, I was a copywriter for the legendary J. Peterman catalog. In other words, I was Seinfeld’s “Elaine” before she was even “Elaine.” And then I moved to a new apartment, which I quickly found out was down the street from where they filmed George Constanza’s parents’ apartment on Seinfeld. Life, imitating, art, yadda yadda yadda.