Ms. Xu Xi

New York, United States

Member Since: 07/01/2012

XU XI 許素細 is author of ten books of fiction & essays. Recent titles include the novel That Man In Our Lives (C& R Press 2016)Access Thirteen Tales (Signal 8 Press, 2011); the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (Haven Books 2010), a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Award; the essay collection Evanescent Isles (Hong Kong University Press 2008). She is also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. 

Forthcoming books include Interruptions (Hong Kong University Museum & Art Gallery/Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2016), a collaborative ekphrastic essay collection in conversation with photography by David Clarke; a memoir Elegy for HK (Penguin China/Australia, 2017) and Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (Signal 8 Press, 2018).  Recent & forthcoming fiction, essays & critical work appear in the journals and anthologies, The Bellingham Review, The Normal School, Hunger Mountain, The Iowa Review, Water-Stone Review, Lake Effect, Your Impossible Voice, AALR, Kweili Journal, Drunken Boat, Guernica Daily, Ploughshares, Text (Australia), Four Quarters Magazine (India), The Letters Project (Univ. of Nottingham, UK), Silk Road, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, 字花Fleur des Lettres (Chinese translation, Hong Kong), Toad Suck Review, Writing & Pedagogy (UK), as well as in several anthologies, including,The Near & Far (Scribe, Australia), All About Skin (Univ. of Wisconsin Press), Local/Express: Asian American Arts Community in 90’s NYC (AALR Asian American Literary Review), Creativity & Discovery in the University Writing Class: A Teacher’s Guide (Equinox, UK-US), The Bedford Introduction to Literature (Bedford/St. Martin’s, New York), Still (Negative Press, UK), Understanding the Essay (Broadview Press, Canada).

A transnational “third culture” writer, she long inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand, until her mother's Alzheimer's ended those peregrinations.  She was Distinguished Visiting Writer at the Virginia G. Piper Center of Creative Writing, Arizona State Univ., Tempe (2016); Distinguished Asian Writer at the Philippines National Writers, Silliman Univ., Dumaguete (2010); Bedell Distinguished Visiting Writer at the Univ. of Iowa's Nonfiction Program (2009); Writer-in-Residence at Lingnan Univ., Hong Kong (2009).  As well, she has been visiting writer or in residence at the Univ. of Stockholm, Hong Kong University, Chateau de Lavigny in Lausanne, Kulturhuset USF in Bergen, the Kerouac Project of Florida, among others.

For eighteen years, she held marketing & management positions at several multinationals in the U.S. and Asia, including at Cathay Pacific Airways, Pinkerton's Inc., Federal Express, Leo Burnett Advertising and the Asian Wall Street Journal.  In 1998, she left corporate life.  From 2002 to '12, she was on the prose faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing, and was elected Faculty Chair from 2009 to '12 and established Asia's first, low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at City Univ. of Hong Kong which she directed as Writer-in-Residence from 2010 to '16.  She is also co-founder with Robin Hemley of Authors at Large, offering writing retreats & workshops in Asia. 

Xu currently lives between New York and Hong Kong


Twitter Username: @xuxiwriter


  • Faculty Member (Prose) at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing (December 2002 - June 2012)
  • Faculty Chair at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing (June 2009 - June 2012)
  • Writer in Residence & MFA Program Director at City University of Hong Kong (March 2010 - June 2016)
  • Faculty Co-Director at Vermont College of Fine Arts International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation (December 2017 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY Plattsburgh (June 1974)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst (May 1985)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry