Tianli holds a Master's in Writing with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction from Northern Michigan University where she served as a nonfiction editor for their literary journal Passages North. She received her Bachelor's in English from Allegheny College, with a minor in psychology. She is an Asian-American writer with a keen interest in trauma theory, jellyfish, and white space. She reads memoir for Split Lip Magazine and poetry for The Worcester Review. When she's not writing, she's riding horses or boxing.
She lives in Marlborough, Massachusetts.