Born and raised in Singapore, Jemimah is currently based between Singapore and New York.
She was recently named a 2022-4 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a 2020 Felipe P. De Alba Fellow at Columbia University, and is a Francine Ringold Award for New Writers honouree. Her fiction has won the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, recognized by the Best of the Net anthologies, received support from Singapore’s National Arts Council, and appeared in Narrative, Nimrod, and CRAFT Literary, amongst others. Presently a columnist for No Contact Magazine and a submissions editor for SmokeLong Quarterly, Jemimah is at work on a novel and three story collections.
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 — and served as a national writing juror for 2020’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This year, she was one of Twitter’s featured personalities for their 2022 #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.
Currently, she is writing full time while pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. She loves to talk, and takes long, excellent naps. Say hi at @jemmawei on socials.