Violet Kupersmith has been selected as the 2015/16 David TK Wong Creative Writing Fellow at UEA. The fellowship is worth £26,000 and lasts for a year. It is named for its sponsor, Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of fiction. It enables a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year a UEA. Previous recipients of the fellowship include Wendy Law-Yone, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Balli Jaswal, Nam Le, and most recently, Jack Wang. Violet (pictured) was born in Pennsylvania in 1989 and studied French and English literature at Mount Holyoke College, graduating summa cum laude in 2011. She spent a year teaching English in the Mekong Delta on a Fulbright Fellowship, and was the 2014 Gerald Freund Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her first book, a collection of stories called The Frangipani Hotel, was published in 2014. She is currently working on her first novel and has spent the past several years living and researching in Saigon and Vietnam’s central highlands.