Vyvyane Loh is an independent writer, a choreographer-dancer, and a physician. She is the author of Breaking the Tongue (W. W. Norton, 2004). Her interest is in language and its relation to human behavior. She is drawn to experimenting with fictional forms and the function of art in creating social change.
Loh’s novel-in-progress is about the use of language in genocidal regimes. Her protagonists are two sisters from a fictional country who are thrown into the turmoil and savagery of genocide and who must struggle to battle with the rhetoric of hate in trying to save their own lives.
Loh was a Holden scholarship holder at Warren Wilson College, where she obtained her MFA in fiction. Her first book was a notable book for the 2005 Kiriyama Prize and was picked by The New York Public Library as one of the year’s “Books to Remember” in 2004. She was a scholar and a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont and was invited to the International Literature Festival in Berlin in 2005.