Xu Xi 許素細 is the author of twelve books of fiction & essays, most recently her first memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City (Penguin, July 2017), her fifth novel, That Man In Our Lives (C & R Press, 2016) and an ekphrastic essay collaboration with photographer David Clarke Interruptions (HKU Museum & Art Gallery, 2016). Forthcoming books include a story collection Insignificance (Signal 8 Press, 2018) and an essay collection This Fish Is Fowl (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2019-20). Other recent titles include Access: Thirteen Tales (2011); the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She is also editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.
Prior to her full-time writing life, Xu had a parallel career in corporate marketing, mostly in the international arena. She worked in Asia and America for several major multinationals, and held management positions at Dow Jones (The Asian Wall Street Journal), Federal Express, Leo Burnett and Pinkerton’s. Other marketing positions she held were at Cathay Pacific Airways, the Wall Street law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and PDT Architects in Cincinnati. In 1998, after the publication of her third book, she finally surrendered completely to the writing life.
At home in both New York and Hong Kong, she was on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in writing from 2002-12, and was elected and served as faculty chair from 2009-12. She was writer-in-residence at City University of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2016 where she established and directed Asia's first low-residency MFA in writing that is internationally recognized; in 2015, this highly successful program was controversially closed by the university. In 2016 she was distinguished visiting writer at the Virginia G. Piper Center for creative writing at Arizona State University in Tempe. In 2017 she was named fiction editor at Tupelo Press in the U.S. She holds a MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Dear Hong Kong (memoir)
Released July 2017 Penguin Australia (Hong Kong Series for 20th anniversary of handover of Hong Kong to China)
That Man In Our Lives (novel)
Released September 2016 by C&R Press, USA.
HKU Museum & Art Galley released September 2016
Habit of a Foreign Sky (novel)
2010 Haven Books, Hong Kong.
The Unwalled City (novel)
2001 Chameleon Press, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Rose (novel)
1st edition 1997, Asia 2000; 2nd edition 2004, Chameleon Press, Hong Kong.
Access Thirteen Tales (short stories)
2011 Signal 8 Press, Hong Kong.
Evanescent Isles (essays)
2008 Hong Kong University Press.