Allison Hong Merrill

Allison Hong Merrill was born and raised in Taiwan, and came to the U.S. at twenty-two as a university student. She received a B.A. from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and then earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Hong Merrill shares her Chinese culture with strong storytelling skills to create empowering books, to build understanding and love. She writes in both Chinese and English, both fiction and creative nonfiction, for both adults and young readers. Her work appears in the New York Times, and has won both national and international literary prizes. Her debut memoir, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops (She Writes Press, 2021), has won over 40 independent book awards. She also co-authors The Paper Daughters of Chinatown: Young Reader’s Edition (Shadow Mountain Publishing, 2023). 

Hong Merrill is a keynote speaker, an instructor, and a panelist at various writer’s conferences nationwide and in Asia. She also appears on TV, radio, and podcasts; in magazines, newspapers, and journals. She’s available for interviews, teaching, and speaking engagements. Visit her at to sign up for her short monthly email.




The Paper Daughters of Chinatown Young Reader's Edition. Shadow Mountain Publishing. April 11, 2023. Fiction 
Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops. She Writes Press. September 21, 2021. Creative Nonfiction (Memoir)

Logan Long Yao 姚龍的奇幻歷程. Shadow Mountain Publishing. Middle Grade Fantasy 

Ninety-Nine Lost Fathers. Creative Nonfiction (Memoir) 
Six Sage Society. Upmarket Fiction 

“Get a Cookie.” Writer's Success Secrets Anthology. Living Tree Publishing. December 2022 (The Wall Street Journal Bestselling Book) 
“Jiaqi.” LDS Beta Reader Mind Game Anthology. March 20, 2017 
“Blurry License Plate.” Life Story Anthology (Taipei, Taiwan). December 2009 

“A Message to My Younger Self.” Modern Love Column Tiny Love Stories. The New York Times. October 11, 2022 
“Two Pioneers Across Two Centuries.” Ensign Magazine. August 2010 
“The Legend of Conner Thredgold.” Liahona Magazine (Taipei, Taiwan). October 2014 

“Words of Wisdom.” Let Her Speak. August 16, 2021.
“Feed Her Nolens Volens.” The Allison Hong Merrill Exhibit. March 10, 2021 
“Paradise is Other People.” Thrive 125, Celebrating Utah's Statehood. January 4, 2021 
“Hope Youngblood’s New Best Friend.” Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library Exhibit. January 1, 2021 
“Starter Wife.” Cosmonauts Avenue Journal. July 2020 
“Where?” Women On Writing Quarter 2. 2020 
“January 15, 2010.” Past-Ten Journal. January 15, 2020 
“Kingdom of Shoes.” Opossum Journal. 2020 (First Place Prize Winner) 
“The Gift.” Winning Writers. 2020 
“Lightning Whisperer.” Flying South Literary Magazine. 2019 (Nominated for Pushcart Prize) 
“Yujie.” Motherscope Magazine. December 2019 
“Review of Crossing.” Dialogue Journal. Fall 2019 
“Goodbye, Baba.” Segullah Journal. January 2019 
“The Child's Palace.” MAST People of Earth Writing Contest. 2019

Additional Info

  • Region: Wasatch Front
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Tags: YA, Memoir, Women, Asian American, Children's Literature