An experienced writer with a broad portfolio in academic writing and long-form journalism, Julie Zhou came to Arts Midwest from the healthcare industry, where she worked in marketing and analytics. At Arts Midwest, she supports the NEA Big Read, a community reading initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Areas of Expertise
Creative writing; community engagement (service learning/continuous engagement); marketing analytics (Hubspot, Google); copyediting; food advocacy; screenwriting + cinematography; digital + social media; graphic design; Public health (Medicare, Health Insurance Marketplace, ACA) and public health advocacy
- The Procrastinator’s Guide to Finding a Health Insurance Plan (Priority Health, ThinkHealth)
- Navigating the Open Enrollment Season (Priority Health, ThinkHealth)
- Homeland (On She Goes)
- The Side Hustle Diaries (The Financial Diet, ongoing series)
- the Lens (Issue: Stranger)
Beyond Arts Midwest
Julie has remained active in the public-health sector through local volunteer and pro-bono work with Planned Parenthood Minnesota and Faribault’s Hope Center. In her free time, she also maintains a fledgling writing career as a freelancer—her first short story collection, “Generics,” is a chapbook forthcoming from Gold Line Press, and further work can be found via her LinkedIn portfolio.
Julie graduated from Carleton College early in 2017 with a BA in English Language and Literature and honors in Creative Writing.