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UPCOMING Events 2022

(despite COVID)

 Mar 12 7 pm (New York EST GMT-5): Singapore Unbound, New York. Reading and book discussion for The Art and Craft of Asian Stories with co-author Robin Hemley.


Mar 24 7:30 to 8:30 pm (Massachusetts EST GMT-5): College of the Holy Cross Working Writer Series presents novelist Katie Kitamura. Presenter.


Mar 23 to 26: Annual AWP Conference. Panelist on “The Empire Writes Back from the Program Era: CW in Asia and Beyond” led by Darryl Whetter, with Dai Fan, Sam Meekings, Marshall Moore.


Jun 22 to 25: 16th ICCSE Internationational Conference on the Short Story in English. Workshop leaderWriting the Transnational Short Story


Recent Events 2020 to 2021



Dec 5: NonfictioNow 2021 Aotearoa, New Zealand. Co-leader of a roundtable HUI on Transnational Writing with Sybil Baker. 


Nov 11: Featured author at JakTent Literary Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia with Filipino authors Charlson Ong in discussion about "Lese Majeste." Moderated by Nancy Amelia Collins. 

Nov 7: Hong Kong International Literary Festival event "Ghosts, Beasts and Family Histories" featuring debut novelists K-Ming Chang and Pik-Shuen Fung. Moderator for reading and conversation.


Oct: Driftwood Press 2021 Adrift Short Story Contest.  Judge

Oct 28: Working Writers Series at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Moderator for reading and conversation with Sybil Baker and Brian Leung.

Oct 16 to 23: Authors at Large hosted Brenda Miller who led a week-long intensive CNF writing retreat. 

Oct 6: Looking Back at Hong Kong: Reading and panel discussion.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Review and Cart Noodle Press.  Reader and panelist.


Sep 23: Working Writers Series at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Faculty reader.


Aug: Fourth Genre 2021 Michael Steinberg Essay Prize.  Judge


Jul 11: Solstice MFA in Creative Writing summer residency at Pine Manor College, MA. Visiting writer. CNF lecture & workshop "TMI & the Story of Our Lives."


Jun 8: New York Immigration Coalition annual gala.  Featured author.

Jun 9: Lingnan University, Hong Kong writing contest winner presentation.  Judge.

Jun 11: International Women Writers Guild Free Write Friday "Writing Transnationally of our Global Village" Workshop leader.


Mar 10 to 16: The International MFA Virtual SE Asian Residency, focused on writers, translators and literature of SE Asia. In lieu of going to Kuala Lumpur.


Jan 31: The Living Room Online Literary Series.  Reader

Jan 29: RTHK Radio 3: Hong Kong's Top Story 2020 contest.  Judge 

Jan 27: University of Cincinnati, PhD seminar in creative writing.  Visiting writer


Jan to Dec: La Salle University Creative Writing MA, Singapore.  Visiting faculty


Authors at Large

Jun 4 to 13: Workshop in Writing Identity led by Natasha Sajé

May 22 to 29: Week long retreat in CNF led by Brenda Miller

Jan 3 & Jan 9 to 10:  Advanced Mini-Chapbook Poetry workshop led by Richard Blanco

Dec 1 to 6:  Environmental Braided Writing workshop led by Nicole Walker. 



20th Hong Kong International Literary Festival

November 13: "Does Your Life Deserve a Memoir": writing workshop (online) led by Xu.

November 15: "Bringing Asian Stories to the World": session featuring three women writers C Pam Zhang, Nancy Jooyoun Kim, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai moderated by Xu. 


November 6: Webinar Book Launch for Don't Look Now: Things We Wish We Hadn't Seen.


October 21: Book Cellar Chicago. Reading from Don't Look Now: What We Wish We Hadn't Seen with David Lazar, Kristen Iversen & Jose Orduna


September 9 to 15: The International MFA (IMFA) co-directed by Xu held its September residency virtually in lieu of going to Istanbul, with the focus on global and transnational writing. 


September 9: ”Worldwide Reading for the Democracy Movement in Hong Kong” Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin 2020Cha: An Asian Literary Journal PEN Hong Kong. Reader.


August 3 to 9: A live virtual week-long residency “The Writing Life Beyond Covid-19” co-hosted by the Mongrel Writers Residence™ and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.  Each day, a Hong Kong based poet and Cha contributor was paired with a writer from elsewhere in the world to read new work and converse transnationally. Recordings of the seven sessions are at this link.


August 1: “Hope for Hong Kong” live virtual reading with four other authors hosted by the Asia Pacific Writers & Translators.



October 21 "From Shining Pearl to Shining Sea" Talk & reading hosted by the Massachusetts Review at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts (a Five-College event)

October 18 to 19 Featured writer at Brattleboro Literary Festival, Vermont

September 26 Talk & reading Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York

September 10 Live at Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City

August 4 Noir at the Bar, Mulligans, Hoboken, New Jersey

July 13 Summer authors booksigning event at The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, New York

June 23 Book talk & reading at World Affairs Council of Rhode Island literary salon, Cranston, Rhode Island

April 25 Book talk, reading & booksigning at New York University Bookstore, 726 Broadway, NYC (with author Randon Billings Noble)

April 5 Reading & reception at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing & Publishing program, Montpelier, Vermont

April 2 - Book talk "The Art of the Essay" & book signing at Old Town Books, Alexandria, Virginia (with author Randon Billings Noble)

March 27 to 30 AWP Annual Conference & Book Fair.  Mentor: AWP Writer to Writer mentorship program spring 2019.  Panelist: "Two Country Careers: Writers on Living and Writing in More than One Place" moderated by Aviya Kushner with Cole Swensen, Curtis Bauer, Martha Cooley.  Book signing at book fair.

March 23 Book talk, reading & signing at Politics & Prose Books, Washington DC

March 19 Book launch party at the Ear Inn, New York City.

February 22 Morningside Writers Series at the Chinese University of Hong Kong 

February 7: 2019 Camden Conference Talk at Rockland, ME Public Library 

topic: The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong

description: In Chinese, goodbye is 再見, meaning "see you again" but for Hong Kong writer Xu Xi, her birthplace may not be one she can quite "see" again. Xu will talk about what Hong Kong is and is becoming through the lens of her two most recent books. As well, she will address the larger question of the shifting balance of superpowers — namely, China and the U.S.A. — that underpin the transnational world of much of her work. 

February 5: Bentley University, MA Creative Writers Forum 

topic: "Juggling Lives"

description: Xu Xi should have been a cat, with nine instead of just one life.  Instead, her one juggled the writer and several other lives.  How do you reconcile corporate "hatchet lady" with a humanist's compassion?  Or the filial Asian daughter with the globalized feminist gaze?  Or an ambitious careerist with the private, even reclusive artist?  As well, she has inhabited more flight paths than she cares to recall.  Xu will share her experience of negotiating these multiple transcultural and transnational lives.

January 31:  New York book launch of Hong Kong Noir (Akashic, New York) at the Museum of China in America (MOCA) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

PUBLIC EYE:  In the Media

Events 2017 & 2018 (select list)


November 9 to 11: Hong Kong International Literary Festival at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Central, Hong Kong - Featured author, moderator, fiction/nonficiton workshop

June 27 to 30:  International Conference on the Short Story in English at the University of Lisbon, Portugal "Beyond History: the radiance of the short story" – reading, panel & keynote moderated by Robert Olen Butler

May 4 to 6:  Jakarta Post's Writers Series 2018 "The Story of Us", Indonesia - led memoir workshop, reading & panel

April 7:  Conversation with Shanghai Literary Review, Brut Cake Café, Shanghai, China

March 21 to 24:  Beijing Bookworm Festival, China - readings, panels, workshop   



Nov 7: Hong Kong Literary Festival - “From Fiction to Nonfiction”
Nov 9 to 12: Singapore Writers Festival - featured on “The Responsibility of Origins & Identities” • “The Individual’s Story in a World of Flux” • “Emotional Truths: Memoirs vs. Fiction”
Nov 24 to 26: Cliftons, Central, Hong Kong - first Urban Weekend Retreat for Authors at Large includes workshop in writing craft, conversations about writing life & publishing and creating a literary community for fiction & nonfiction writers - apply at link above.
Jul 13 Asia Society, Hong Kong - The Writer's Life in Fiction & Nonfiction
Jun 23 Pacific University MFA summer residency - Visiting writer. “Between Fiction & Nonfiction”

May 27 to Jun 1: Authors at Large Writers Retreat, Siglufjörður, Iceland - Organizer & fiction workshop leader (offered in conjunction with the 2017 Iowa Summer Writer's Festival)

May 17 to 20: Makassar International Literary Festival, Indonesia - Featured writer

May 12 to 13: Jakarta Post Writing Center, Jakarta, Indonesia - Workshop leader & featured international author

Mar 23: Reading Club at the University of Hong Kong Library - featured author 

Mar 17 to 19: The Script Road Macau Literary Festival - featured writer
Jan 10 to 24: La Muse Writers Retreat, Labastide-Esparbairenque, France - writer-in-residence

Chateau de Lavigny International Writers Residency
Summer 2005 Photo L to R
top: Andrew Zawacki, Beate Rygiert, Daniel Bachmann
bottom: Mila D Aguilar, Sindiwe Magona, Xu Xi