We had a wonderful time celebrating Piper Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence Xu Xi’s release of her new novel, That Man in Our Lives. The festivities were held on April 20 at the University Club on ASU’s campus. It was a congratulatory end to her residency here at the Piper House this semester. During her time here, she taught a global literature class for the ASU MFA Southeast Asia and Singapore Fellows, as well as a few undergraduate students in the Barrett Honors College. They will be connecting with her again during their stay in Hong Kong this summer. Xu Xi was also an important part of our Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference this past February.
XU XI is author of ten books, most recently the novels That Man In Our Lives (C&R Press, May, 2016) and Habit of a Foreign Sky (Haven Books, 2010), a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize; the story collection Access Thirteen Tales (Signal 8 Press, 2011). Forthcoming books include Interruptions (Hong Kong University Museum & Art Gallery/Univ. of Hawaii Press, September, 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). She has also edited four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. From January to May, 2016, she is Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center of Creative Writing. She is also co-founder, with author Robin Hemley, of Authors At Large, www.aalauthors.com, offering international writing retreats and workshops. A Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong and US citizen, she currently lives between New York and Hong Kong.