XU XI (www.xuxiwriter.com) is author of nine books of fiction and essays, most recently Access Thirteen Tales (2011) and the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), a finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize. Other titles include Evanescent Isles (essays), Overleaf Hong Kong (stories and essays), The Unwalled City (novel), and History’s Fiction (stories). She is also editor of three anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English, including Fifty-Fifty and City Voices. Her work is anthologized and taught internationally. New fiction and essays appear in Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Toad Suck Review, Kenyon Review, Arts & Letters and also in the anthologies The Bedford Introduction to Literature, A/P/A Arts Anthology, Bridges Around the Globe, Still, Understanding the Essay. Awards include an O. Henry Prize Story, the Ploughshares Cohen Award for best story and a New York State fiction fellowship, among others; she has also been visiting or resident writer at several colonies and universities: the Distinguished Asian Writer at the Philippines National Writers Workshop, Silliman University, Dumaguete; the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Writer, Univ. of Iowa; writer-in-residence, Lingnan Univ., Hong Kong; Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland; the Jack Kerouac Project, Florida. A Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong, she abandoned an 18-year international marketing and management career in favor of the writing life. She is currently writer-in-residence at the City University of Hong Kong, where she founded and directs an international MFA in writing of Asia in English.