• Wendy Xu

    Assistant Professor of Writing


    Wendy Xu is a poet and editor, most recently the author of Phrasis (Fence Books Ottoline Prize, 2017), named one of the 10 Best Poetry Books of 2017 by the New York Times Book Review. 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 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.

    She holds an MFA from the Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has been on creative writing faculty at NYU and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Columbia University. She is poetry editor for the arts magazine Hyperallergic.

    Degrees Held:

    B.A., English, University of Iowa

    M.F.A., Poetry, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    Recent Publications:


    Phrasis (Fence Books, 2017)

    You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013)


    Naturalism (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015)

    Phrasis (Black Cake Records, 2014)

    The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N, 2011)


    “The Place That I Live,” Go Home! An Asian American Anthology (Feminist Press, 2018)            
    “Naturalization Study,” Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Press, 2018)      
    “Where the Hero Speaks to Others,” Make X: A Decade of Make Magazine (2016)
    from “Notes for an Opening,” The Best of the Lifted Brow Vol. 2 (2016)
    “Linear Travel,” Poems for Political Disaster (Boston Review, 2016)                                               
    from “Notes for an Opening,” Bettering American Poetry (2016)
    “The Years,” Guernica Anthology, Vol 2 (2015)                                                                    
    “Where the Hero Speaks to Others,” The Best American Poetry (2013)

    Individual poems have recently appeared in The Best American Poetry, Poetry, Boston Review, Tin House, A Public Space, Triple Canopy, Academy of American Poets Poem-A Day, Literary Hub, Bennington Review, Narrative Magazine, Guernica, jubilat, PEN Poetry Series, Asian American Writer's Workshop The Margins, LIT, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.

    Performances And Appearances:

    Selected Recent Readings:


    The Program for Poets & Writers at UMass-Amherst, Amherst MA
    University of Louisville Creative Writing Program, Louisville KY
    Bushel Collective, Delhi NY
    Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia PA
    Segue Reading Series, New York NY
    Think!Chinatown, New York NY


    Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis MO                                                                                 
    Clemson Literary Festival, Clemson SC
    Bard Graduate Center, New York NY
    Museum of Modern Art, New York NY


    Visiting Poets Series at Keystone College, La Plume PA                                                     
    NYU Lillian Vernon House, New York NY
    The Poetry Project, New York NY
    Princeton University Creative Writing Program, Princeton NJ


    Irish Arts Center, New York NY                                                                                            
    Visiting Writers Series at Elms College, Chicopee MA
    KGB Monday Night Reading Series, New York NY
    Asian American Writers Workshop, New York NY


    Poetry Society of America, New York NY                                                                              
    Miami Bookfair International, Miami Dade College FL
    Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn NY
    Emory University, Atlanta GA
    AWP Writers Conference, Seattle WA
    The Best American Poetry Anthology Reading, New York NY

    Research Interests:

    contemporary hybrid-genre poetry and writing; 21st century and hyper-contemporary poetry; documentary poetry and methodologies, Asian-American/East Asian-American literature; poetry and literature of war; ekphrastic poetry; creative nonfiction and the lyric essay

    Awards And Honors:

    Phrasis, 10 Best Poetry Books of 2017, New York Times Book Review (2017)

    Phrasis, Fence Books Ottoline Prize (2017)

    Harman Writer-in-Residence Workshop Fellow, Baruch College CUNY (2017)

    Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in Poetry (2014)
    You Are Not Dead, 10 Best Poetry Debuts, Poets & Writers Magazine (2013)

    Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry (2011)                                                                                                 

    Current Courses:

    Intermediate Poetry

    Intro Poetry

    Intro Poetry (Spring 2020)

    RFW Poetry (Spring 2020)

    Senior Seminar: Poetry