We are excited to announce that Yennie Cheung has been named the new Executive Editor of the Coachella Review, the acclaimed student-edited literary magazine of our Low Residency MFA program, effective January 1st, 2021. Yennie will be replacing outgoing Executive Editor Gina Frangello after the publication of our Winter 2020 issue.
Founded in 2008, the Coachella Review publishes online issues twice a year, featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, criticism, and interviews. The magazine also is home to the Coachella Review Daily, which regularly publishes book reviews, features, and short creative works. During the five years Gina Frangello served in her position, first as faculty advisor and then as Executive Editor, the magazine saw great growth and expansion, featuring new work from writers like Will Christopher Baer, Elizabeth A.I. Powell, Ben Loory, and Megan Stielstra, among many others, alongside some of the top up-and-coming writers in the nation. We’re excited for the next steps Gina is taking, including, most notably the publication of her first memoir, Blow Your House Down, coming this spring from Counterpoint Press. She remains a valued member of our UCR Low Residency MFA family…both literally and figuratively…
Yennie Cheung, likewise, is a long-time member of our MFA family. A 2010 graduate of the program, Yennie served as a student editor of the Coachella Review in its very first year of existence, has taught as regular guest residency faculty in subsequent years, and is a valuable alumni advisor. She is the co-author of DTLA/37: Downtown Los Angeles in Thirty-seven Stories, which Entropy Magazine hailed for spotlighting the “energy, streets and spirit of Downtown LA” and for going beyond “the hipsters and flashy locations to present the true diversity of the landscape” of her hometown of Los Angeles. Yennie’s creative work has been published widely, including in the Los Angeles Times, Blender, Writers Resist, Angels Flight • Literary West, The Rattling Wall, and The Best Small Fictions, among many other publications. As a journalist, she served as an editor for HITS Magazine, and was also the co-founder and co-editor of the now-defunct Hipster Book Club book review site.
The Winter issue of the Coachella Review will be published in December 2020. To read the current issue or to scroll through the archives visit the magazine here.