Hometown: Australia

Website: http://www.alicepung.com/

Dates in Sitka: 2009-11

Alice Pung is a writer, lawyer and teacher from Victoria, Australia. The author of Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem and the editor of Growing up Asian in Australia, Alice has received enormous critical acclaim for her writing. Unpolished Gem won the 2007 Australian Newcomer of the Year award in the Australian Book Industry Awards, was shortlisted for several other awards, has been translated into other languages and is also published in the UK and US. She has had stories and articles published in Good Weekend, Meanjin, the Monthly, Age, The Best Australian Stories 2007 and Etchings.
In 2008, Alice was the Asialink writer-in-residence at Peking University. In 2011, Alice was the Australian representative to the US Department of State ‘Fall and Recovery’ writers’ tour of disaster and conflict sites of America. She has also given guest lectures at Brown University, Vassar College, Peking University, the University of Bologna, the University of Milano and the University of Pisa.
She came to Sitka through the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.