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EJ Koh never had dreams of becoming a writer but as fate would have it, she picked up the pen and hasn’t stopped since. Now she’s getting looks from literary sites like Berfrois for her poetry, popping up on Flavorwire’s list of People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry, and putting out a sci-fi novel about revenge and other wild shit called Red. It didn’t all happen overnight. Well, maybe the discovery of her talent. But like all serious writers, that was only the beginning. We talk about that journey, her book Red, and uh, twerking at Columbia.

All photography by Jeffrey Andy Tang

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founded Gumship in 2012 to document the Asian American experience through culture, lifestyle and entertainment. When he's not blogging, he creates music as the rapper Rekstizzy. Hobbies include ramen, fried chicken, and pizza. If he could eat all three at the same time, the joy in his heart would cause him to levitate off the floor in a spiral motion.