Photo by Lisa Keating

Photo by Lisa Keating

About

A lawyer by training, S. Isabel Choi is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and recognized as a Notable Mention in The Best American Essays series, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Slice, Fourth Genre, Ninth Letter, and The Rumpus. She has a BA from Dartmouth College, JD from Santa Clara University, and an MFA from the University of San Francisco, but does not know how to use Excel. In her lifetime she’d like to see several female American presidents (South Korea is ahead on this one, despite that whole impeachment thing) and swathes of husbands who do their own laundry, but accepts for now that these scenarios may only appear in dystopian novels.

Isabel is at work on a family memoir on the legacy of loss and illness, inspired by the story of her grandfather, the Chief Justice of South Korea’s Supreme Court from 1981 to 1986, who crossed one river during the Korean War to escape a death march—and leapt into another river decades later to take his own life.