An elegiac illumination of personal and political histories
misremembered and censored, There Is Still Singing in the
Afterlife is animated by the intimate language of spirits—
living, loved, and gone—singing to us from the hereafter.
“Reader, you are lucky to have the award-winning chapbook of JinJin Xu before you. These superb poems resonate with personal and cultural intimacy. JinJin Xu writes with the insight and skill of a veteran poet, a doyen, a griot. Her lines open and breathe on the page as they do in the mind and heart. There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife is inventive, linguistic, ambitious, tender, wise, brave. This fabulous chapbook may be a collector’s item someday.”
— Terrance Hayes
JinJin Xu 徐今今 is a poet and filmmaker. She is the 2020 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award and has received honors for her poetry and essays from Southern Humanities Review, Tupelo Press, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Athens' Global Research Institute. Her films have exhibited at Berlin’s Harun Farocki Institute, NYC’s The Immigrant Artist Biennial, NYU's Production Lab, and she was a curatorial fellow at the Flaherty Seminars.
Born and raised in Shanghai, she received her BA from Amherst College and traveled for a year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow recording docu-poems with women dislocated cross nine countries. She is currently an MFA candidate at NYU, where is a Lillian Vernon fellow, teaches hybrid ballet/poetry workshops through NYU Tisch's Art of Future Imaginations Grant, and serves as Books Editor of Washington Square Review.
Her debut chapbook There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife was selected by Aria Aber for the inaugural Own Voices Chapbook Prize (Radix Media) and is forthcoming November 20, 2020.
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12/4 8PM est: wade into activism, artist talk with Jennifer Chin
11/20 8pm est: Chapbook launch! (with yanyi, Aria Aber, Anne Carson, Robert Currie)
10/19: Chapbook pre-orders live!
10/3: Brooklyn book festival - Annual brooklyn indie party
hosted by greenlight bookstore (recording)
9/29 7PM EST: Black warrior Review reading
9/13 : on writing poetry through exile, asylum, and Diaspora,
A conversation with Abdul samad haidari (recording)
"There Is Still Something of the Ghost About You" JinJin Xu© 2020