MFA Students

Ruihe Zhang


Ruihe Zhang hails from the island-city-state of Singapore. She arrived at Pitt via a series of encounters with the American literary world during a UC Berkeley summer program and a residency at Vermont Studio Center. Now an MFA candidate in nonfiction and a Composition instructor, she is also partially supported by a scholarship from Singapore’s National Arts Council.

A recipient of the Golden Point Award for Poetry (2013), Ruihe holds a B.A. in English from University College London, and an M.A. in Literary Studies from the National University of Singapore. Prior to Pittsburgh, her literary work included co-editing In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel, and serving as essays editor for the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. She also thoroughly enjoyed her day-job as an English teacher in a high school for math and science geeks.

All her adult life, Ruihe has believed, with poet Louis MacNeice, that ‘World is crazier and more of it than we think, / Incorrigibly plural.’ Her hope is that her writing and teaching will always reflect that plurality. 

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