MFA, fiction writer whose work is featured in Tor.com, Apogee Journal, The Bellingham Review, Fiction International, the Griffith Review and more. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Capacity Fund, the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center, Kundiman, and others. Ms. Pirapokin has taught as a creative writing lecturer for San Francisco State University and is currently a 2017-2018 Headlands Center for the Arts Affiliate Artist.
Writing is a way to respond and give voice to the unspeakable, often times, seeking answers and explanation to the unexplainable – our obsessions. I help students interrogate the effects of past experiences, examine their present, and carve out their desires on the page. Then, we can shape our words into story, as a means of cultural preservation, as a way to stake our claim in this world. As a writer who dabbles in the fantastic, I believe that using non-realist elements in our work allows us to reach closer to the truth of what we are trying to say, and my classes emphasize writing as a process. We will experiment, practice, and revise our methods in storytelling.