Xu Xi

Bio: Xu Xi is the author of fifteen books, including five novels, eight collections of short fiction & essays, one memoir and one textbook. Most recent titles include a hybrid collection of stories, essays & “tween prose” Monkey in Residence & Other Speculations from Signal 8 Press, UK (November, 2022; The Art and Craft of Asian Stories: A Writer's Guide and Anthology (co-authored with Robin Hemley, Bloomsbury 2021) This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being (2019) from University of Nebraska Press “American Lives” series; Insignificance: Hong Kong Stories (2018) by Signal 8 Press; the memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City (2017), as part of Penguin's Hong Kong series for the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China and the novel That Man in Our Lives (2016) from C&R Press. She is also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. A former Indonesian national, born and raised in Hong Kong, she eventually morphed into a U.S. citizen at the age of 33, having washed onto that distant shore across from Lady Liberty. These days, she splits time, unevenly, between the state of New York and the rest of the world (sightline towards that land of childhood memory, Indonesia) and mourns the loss of her beloved writing retreat in Seacliff, on the South Island of New Zealand, where she hovered, joyously, for seven years, below the site of the former asylum where New Zealand author Janet Frame was so unjustly ”incarcerated.”  These days she mourns the rapid disappearance of her birth city as well.

Events: The Cheuse Center at the Annapolis Book Fair