Nan grew up in Shanghai and near Detroit. Her debut poetry collection, Favorite Daughter, won the Write Bloody Press Book Prize and was published in 2017. Nancy's poetry, plays, and prose are published by The Offing, poets.org, The Margins, film distribution company A24, and others. She has read and taught workshops all over the globe, alongside universities, literature conferences, and nonprofits. She has a poetry MFA from NYU.