Artwork of Jemimah Wei

Jemimah Wei is a writer and host based in Singapore and the Bay Area.


Jemimah James Wei / 魏信子

Jemimah Wei is the author of THE ORIGINAL DAUGHTER, forthcoming 2025 from Doubleday Books (US) and Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK).

She is a 2022-4 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a 2020 Felipe P. De Alba Fellow at Columbia University, and a Francine Ringold Award for New Writers honouree. Her fiction has won the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize and been published in Narrative, Guernica, and Nimrod, amongst others. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, recognized by the Best of the Net anthologies, and received scholarships from Singapore’s National Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. 

After a three-year career in advertising as a copywriter, and eight wonderful years as an onscreen presenter and host, Jemimah shifted much of her focus to literary projects in 2017.

In 2017, she launched the unprecedented #JemmaRecommends reading project with Times Books and WH Smith, promoting a range of curated titles in-store that focused on identity and migration, and in 2018, Jemimah established a scholarship with GrabAcademy supporting one student interested in pursuing a tertiary education in the arts and humanities. That same year, she completed her editorial traineeship with literary agency Aitken Alexander Associates London, and publishing house 4th Estate Harper Collins London, and became the ambassador for the Words on Wheels non-profit volunteer cooperation.

In 2020, she was one of Google’s How She Does It speakers — an event that features distinguished women sharing their life stories to inspire, interact and connect with people across industries, countries, and age groups. In 2022, she was one of Twitter’s featured personalities for their #SheInspiresMe International Women’s Day campaign, which highlights inspirational women across Southeast Asia who have been breaking the bias and stereotypes that exist around women.

Jemimah presently lives in the Bay Area, where she writes full-time. She loves to talk, and takes long, excellent naps. She is represented by Jacqueline Ko at The Wylie Agency. Say hi at @jemmawei on socials.