I immigrated to the US from Guangzhou, China in 2000. I have a BA in International History from Georgetown, where my research focused on Chinese military strategy, collective trauma, and war memorials. I’m a 2018 Marshall Scholar, and I’m currently at the University of Cambridge doing my MPhil in Chinese Studies.
Writing-wise, I graduated from Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2016 and attended the CSSF Novel Writing Workshop in 2017. My debut novel, The Poppy War, is the first installment in a trilogy that grapples with drugs, shamanism, and China’s bloody twentieth century. Since its release, The Poppy War has won the r/Fantasy Stabby Award for Best Debut and the Crawford Award. It’s also been a Goodreads Choice Award finalist, a Compton Crook Award finalist, and most recently a Nebula Award finalist!
I really love corgis, drinking nice wines I know nothing about, and rewatching The Office! I’m slowly growing out a pixie cut so my hair looks different in every photo I’m in. When I’m not writing, I co-run the review blog Journey to the BEST! with Farah Naz Rishi.
(Some) Press and Interviews
88 Cups of Tea, “R.F. Kuang: Writing Through Difficult Scenes.”
August 8, 2018. BookRiot. “R.F. Kuang on The Poppy War, Peace, and Confronting History.”
July 20, 2018. Washington City Paper. “How a Georgetown Student Published Her Epic Fantasy Debut–Before She Turned 22.”
April 25, 2018. Georgetown SFS. “Rebecca Kuang (SFS’18) Publishes The Poppy War, Her Debut Novel”
April 26, 2018. BookNest. “Interview with R.F. Kuang.”
January 11, 2018. Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog. “R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War, An Epic Debut Inspired by 20th Century China”
December 4, 2017. “MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO TWO GEORGETOWN STUDENTS, ONE ALUMNUS”