Xu Xi will read from her essay collection, This Fish is Fowl. "To read these smart, inventive, and always surprising essays is to be given a passport to a transnational perspective the world sorely needs at this moment. Xu Xi's sense of identity: Indonesian/Chinese/American/Hong Kong is not mixed up ... but expansive. Identity for her has almost nothing to do with borders but with a kind of echolocation—sending forth her speculations on what it means to be a traveler, a daughter, a life partner, a woman in order to determine a shifting but remarkable path through geographies of being."—Robin Hemley
Xu Xi is faculty co-director of the international MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and co-founder of Authors at Large. She is the author of numerous books, including the novels That Man in Our Lives andThe Unwalled City and the memoir Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City.