Ly Tran is a Vietnamese immigrant who grew up in New York City. She attended the Bronx High School of Science where she was co-founder and co-captain of an award-winning Robotics team called the Fe Maidens (Fe as in the atomic symbol for Iron). She majored in Creative Writing and Linguistics at Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude and phi beta kappa. Ly’s writing has earned her a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, a residency at the Yaddo Artist Colony in Saratoga Springs, and a book deal with Scribner to pen her memoir. She has worked extensively with children and adults of all ages and backgrounds over the years, including students in at-risk inner city elementary and middle schools. Ly works to cultivate intrinsic motivation and grit in all her students. She believes this is the key to success.

Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, Ly wrote, designed and illustrated the first book ever written in Ikota, an endangered language with no writing system, spoken in the Gabonese Republic. It was a pop-up book called How Ihiako (The Ant Who Bites) Got Its Name.


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