Deanna Fei is the author of the memoir GIRL IN GLASS (Bloomsbury), winner of the 2016 Books for a Better Life Award. Hailed as “exquisite” by the New York Times and "extraordinarily beautiful” by NPR, GIRL IN GLASS was recently featured on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and MSNBC, among many other outlets.
In 2014, Fei's essay, “My Baby and AOL’s Bottom Line,” went viral worldwide and sparked national conversations about premature births, medical privacy, corporate accounting, and employer-based health care. She appeared on the Today show, the CBS Evening News, CNN, and WSJ Live to defend the basic worth of her infant daughter’s life.
Fei currently works with March of Dimes to help raise awareness of the true tolls of prematurity and Graham’s Foundation to help advocate for families of premature babies. She frequently gives talks on the financial and emotional fallout of a premature birth; trauma, shame, and the healing power of storytelling; the perils of employer-based healthcare; medical privacy as a civil rights issue; and the parent’s perspective in the NICU.
Fei is also the author of the award-winning novel A Thread of Sky (Penguin, 2010). She was born in Flushing, New York, and graduated from Amherst College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has received a Fulbright Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, TIME, Fortune, and Slate, among other publications.
Fei has taught and counseled at-risk youth through New York City public schools, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and CASES. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
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