About Me

Jaimie Z. Li

Writer and Workshop Instructor

Photo Credit: Adrianne Mathiowetz 2020

JAIMIE Z. LI is an Angeleno who studied and worked in the legal sector in England for seven years, where she received her BA in Law at Oxford University (2007-2011) before returning to the US to work in entertainment law in 2015. She moved to Marfa, TX in 2016 to work in arts development and, shortly thereafter, met her husband in neighboring Van Horn, TX where he worked as an aerospace engineer.

Jaimie completed her first fiction manuscript, Starfish, with UCLA Extension in 2017, for which she was nominated for the Allegra Johnson prize. She commenced her Masters in Fine Arts at Goddard College in February 2019, and, in June 2019, she received the Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship for her work in fiction and memoir. She graduated with a memoir manuscript, Heretofore, in 2022.

In the words of Elena Georgiou, Director of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, Jaimie’s work is “brave and vivid. Her style is spare and elegant, and she approaches her themes of identity, ethnicity, and trauma with rare intelligence and uncommon insight.” 

Her favorite place to write is at home on the Cedar River in Maple Valley, WA which she shares with her husband, their daughter, and their one-eyed rescue cat.


Jaimie Z. Li

Writer and Workshop Instructor.

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