International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

Xu Xi / Faculty Co-Director

Born in Hong Kong, Xu Xi 許素細 is an Indonesian-Chinese who lives between the U.S. and Asia, and the author of thirteen books of fiction and nonfiction. Recent titles include Insignificance: Stories of Hong Kong (Signal 8 Press, 2018), a memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy to A City (Penguin, 2017), the novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press, 2016), and Interruptions (Univ. of Hong Kong Museum & Art Gallery Hong Kong, 2016), a collaborative ekphrastic essay collection with photography by David Clarke. Forthcoming is This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being, (American Lives Series, Univ. of Nebraska Press, March, 2019) and The Art & Craft of Asian Stories, co-edited with Robin Hemley (Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2019-20). 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 U.S. 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. As Writer-in-Residence at the City University of Hong Kong, she founded and directed Asia’s first low-residency MFA. She is the 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.