Renee Melchert Thorpe (USA) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer, who credits activism in Human Rights with helping her hone her writing skills.
She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Hong Kong: Fine Arts and English Literature (First Honors).
Her short stories and poetry performances have won her several awards in Hong Kong and Bali. Nury Vittachi has said that Thorpe’s rendering of Asian protagonists makes her “one of the best non-Asians writing Chinese voices.”
Her journalism work includes travel writing, and she shares authorship of a regular literary column in the Bali Advertiser. Her short documentary film, Seraya Black Sand, screens in Kampot for the first time to a gathered audience.
Thorpe has been residing in Asia (Indonesia and Hong Kong) since 1989.