Wendy Xu is the author of Phrasis (Fence Books Ottoline Prize, 2017), named one of the 10 Best Poetry Books of 2017 by The New York Times, and one of the13 Best Poetry Books of 2017 by BuzzFeed. Her debut collection You Are Not Dead, (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013), was named by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the year’s Top 10 debuts. Xu was awarded the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry in 2011, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2014, and her poetry has appeared (or will appear) in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Poetry, Tin House, A Public Space, Narrative Magazine, Guernica, and widely elsewhere. Fiction and essays have appeared in BOMB, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere.
Born in Shandong, China, in 1987, she holds an MFA from the Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has been on creative writing faculty at the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York University, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing in Poetry at The New School. She lives in Brooklyn, and serves as Poetry Editor for Hyperallergic.