Winston TL

Student, Writer, and Artist in Greater Seattle Area

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Winston Widjaja Lin (also know as Winston TL) is a gaysian American of Indonesian and Taiwanese heritage. He is currently an MFA in Creative Writing student in Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop. His work has been translated into Spanish, and has appeared in journals across three continents. Interests that complement his love for art include health, social sciences, and comparative theology & philosophy.



Poetry --

Papeachu Review Issue 1 | Papeachu Press

- “We Are One,” “Some Sweetness,” “Questions of Everyday” [3 poems!]

- Winter 2019; as WTL

“Inhalation & Exhalation” in decomp. (

- May 19th, 2021

“Analytic Application” in NonBinary Review — Zoetic Press

- June 1st, 2021

“Dis jOY Nt hIm” in Home - (

- June 19th, 2021

“Poetry-ish Scenes of this Writer Brain (A Short Play),” “The Parable of the QAAPI Boy” in Variety Pack

- June 30th, 2021

“In the Time of Po-Biz” in Warm Milk Publishing

- July 25th, 2021

Heterosexual Rumpy-Pumpy” in the lickety~split (@olicketysplit) / Twitter

- August 11th, 2021

“Behaviors of Existence” in Maya’s Micros Ed. 12 – The Closed Eye Open

- November 14th, 2021

“My Healing Requires This Trigger” in TIR: ISSUE I | T.I. REVIEW (

- March 4th, 2022

“A Flight from Burbank," “First Time Fantasy” in LGBTQIA++ Literary Journal | in Between Lit Journal (

- March 24th, 2022

Poem: an Indonesian American wanting – Buah (

- May 3rd, 2022

Three haiku in Better Than Starbucks(forthcoming August)

Essays --

Contemplative Consequences from a Decade of Singing - Ruminate Magazine

- March 24th, 2020


- “Paying Attention as Our Divine Duty” (p. 18)

- May 2020; translated from English to Spanish; journal in Argentina

Opera Intensives: A Three Act Essay


- February 14th, 2022

Reviews --

The Multiple Deaths of Living: Reading Victoria Chang’s Obit — LIT PUB (

- November 12th, 2020; listed as one of their all-time favorite reviews they’ve published: About — LIT PUB (

Diasporic Asian Magnolias: Reflections on reading Nina Mingya Powles – The Kindling (

- March 17th, 2021; journal in UK & Ireland