“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” -    Ray Bradbury

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” - Ray Bradbury

Hi, I'm Bella Kwai.

How did you get to this collection? Were you browsing for pictures of good-looking labradors? Did you wander off on a foreign film google rampage? Hey, don't look at me!

My name is Isabella Kwai. I'm an Australian Duke graduate, working for the New York Times bureau in Sydney. Reporter by day, angsty creative writer by night. I like overcrowded cities, good coffee and music with a beat.

You can read my work for The New York Times, The Atlantic, my novella, or my columns at Duke.
Some facts: I was born in Shanghai and grew up in the suburbia of north-west Sydney. Since leaving for college in the States, I've never been able to consider any one place home, probably because I don't stay in a country for longer than three months at a time. It's the most liberating thing about my life, sometimes. It's most disturbing thing about my life, other times.

I like hearing stories and facts from strangers. You can reach me at bella DOT kwai12 AT gmail DOT com, or if you think hard enough about Vietnamese food. That works too.