"Made In China"
When Anna Qu was fifteen years old, she made the decision to report her parents to the Office of Family and Children Services after experiencing years of neglect and abuse from her parents. This was after she was being forced to work exorbitant hours in her parents’ factory and being sent to China for standing up for herself.
Despite the challenges she faced in her upbringing she was able to support herself through college for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Once she completed her degree, she worked at a start-up and later became an adjunct professor at Monmouth University. Her works have been featured in various literary magazines such as Poets & Writers, Three Penny Review and Ploughshares and she was most recently awarded the 2023 Black Mountain Institute Shearing Fellowship.