Short, third-person bio: Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She is currently completing her MBA at Harvard Business School. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and since 2016 has served as Secretary for the Clarion Foundation. Her work has appeared in venues including, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She is @visyap on Twitter and her website is

Photo credit: Katie Williams

Photo credit: Katie Williams

Longer bio:

I was born in Manila, Philippines in 1990, and grew up in Quezon City. In 2013 I graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Marketing and minors in Japanese Studies and English. That same year, I attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego. I've been serving as the Clarion Foundation's secretary since 2016.

After working in Silicon Valley for five years (at a mobile app start-up in the events industry), I'm now attending Harvard Business School to complete a Masters in Business Administration. In my tech career my interests lie mainly in product management, product marketing, and business strategy.

I once almost slid off the muddy face of Mt. Makiling and plummeted to my doom.

I like to write all kinds of things, especially short fiction and poetry. I’ve also written over a hundred fics for more than thirty fandoms. I haven’t written too many lately, but I pop up every now and then if I think a story needs telling.

Someday I hope to write longer things.

If you feed me sugar I will be rather pleased.

I like nice people, ugly dogs, observation, music, tea, hard lemonade, and ramen.

If you would like to support me, you can buy me a coffeecheck out my publications, or consider making a donation to the Clarion Writers Workshop.  Contributions to Clarion are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; you are also supporting the career of a speculative fiction writer, and helping to build community. Thank you!