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JinJin Xu is a poet and artist based in Shanghai and New York.

Xu’s inter-disciplinary work is birthed from poetry, realizing itself in various forms of docu-poetics: unheard soundscapes, unspoken memories, the taboos in our most intimate relationships, the tensions between mothers /daughters, the secret language of women‘s script (nvshu 女书)  — seeking to hear what lies beneath ordinary reality, creating a poetics of witness through echoes and stutters and dialect.


Her installations, films, and performances have been exhibited at the 13th Shanghai Biennial, the Harun Farocki Institute,  the Immigrant Artist Biennial, and more.  Most recently, her solo exhibition "Against This Earth, She Knocks" debuted at How Art Museum, Shanghai.


After attending Amherst College, she spent a year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow recording docu-poems with women dislocated across nine countries.  She received her MFA in Poetry from NYU, where she was a Lillian Vernon fellow. Her debut, There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife, won the Own Voices Chapbook Prize. 

She is the 2020 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award and in 2023, she was named "100 Most Influential Chinese" by Forbes China.

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