Xu Xi 許素細 is author of twelve books, most recently a memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City, the novel That Man In Our Lives and Interruptions , a collaborative ekphrastic essay collection with photography by David Clarke. Forthcoming are Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong and This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being.
Her awards include an O. Henry prize story, the Ploughshares Cohen award for short fiction, the South China Morning Post story contest prize and a New York Foundation of the Arts fiction fellowship. Her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky was a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize, her short fiction collection Daughters of Hui was an Asiaweek 1996 top ten books of Asia and her novel The Unwalled City was HK Magazine’s pick for the top fifteen must-read books about the city of Hong Kong. Her essay “The English of My Story” was selected for the notable essays & literary nonfiction list in The Best American Essays of 2016. In 2001, The New York Times named her a “pioneering writer in English from Asia.”
She is co-founder of Authors at Large and is fiction editor at Tupelo Press in Massachusetts. Vermont College of Fine Arts recently named her co-director, with Evan Fallenberg, of a new, low-residency International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation that begins in 2018. Xu holds a M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. An Indonesian-Chinese Hong Kong native and U.S. citizen, she currently lives between New York and Hong Kong.