Yilong is a Lila Acheson Wallace American playwriting fellow at The Juilliard School. His play The Book of Mountains and Seas received the Lambda Literary Award for Drama. His play Good Enemy had its premiere off-Broadway at Minetta Lane Theatre as part of Audible Theater’s 22/23 season.
Yilong grew up in China and received his MFA from University of Hawai‘i. He is a Core Writer at Playwrights’ Center and has developed work with Ojai Playwrights Conference, EST/Youngblood, Kennedy Center, Space on Ryder Farm, among others. Other awards include Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award.
His works include The Book of Mountains and Seas (Lambda Literary Award for Drama), June is The First Fall (Yangtze Rep, Original Works Publishing), Joker (Po’okela Award for Best New Play, Kumu Kahua Theatre, FringeNYC), Flood in The Valley, a Bilingual Folk Musical (Beijing Tianqiao Theatre Center, Gung Ho Project), PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute (NCTC), and Good Enemy (Audible, Ojai Playwrights Festival). Currently he's under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club's Sloan Initiative.
When he’s not writing, he’s usually cooking, people watching, or liking cat pics on Instagram.