Born in Hong Kong, Xu Xi 許素細 is an Indonesian-Chinese American and the author of 14 books of fiction and nonfiction. Recent titles include This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being (Nebraska – American Lives Series, 2019); Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (Signal 8 Press, 2018); a memoir, Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy to A City (Penguin, 2017); and the novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R, 2016). Forthcoming is The Art & Craft of Asian Stories, co-edited with Robin Hemley (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2020-21). She is also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.

For 18 years, she had a parallel career in international business and held marketing and management positions in Asia and the US at The Asian Wall Street Journal, Leo Burnett Advertising, Federal Express, the Wall Street law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Pinkerton’s Inc., and Cathay Pacific Airways. In 1998, after the release of her third book, she surrendered entirely to the writing life.

Xu is the Faculty Co-Director of VCFA’s International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. She is also co-founder of Authors at Large and fiction editor-at-large at Tupelo Press. Her MFA in fiction is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Follow her @xuxiwriter for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Instagram.


MFA - Fiction | University of Massachusetts at Amherst

BA - English | SUNY Plattsburgh

Jason Grunebaum

Faculty, International MFA

Madeleine Thien

Faculty, International MFA

James Scudamore

Faculty, International MFA

Tabish Khair

Faculty, International MFA

Xu Xi

Faculty Co-Director, International MFA

Sybil Baker

Faculty, International MFA