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“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

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. Her work moves between poetry, experimental film, sound Installations, and performance— seeking to hear what lies beneath ordinary reality, creating a new poetics of witness through echoes and stutters and dialect.

She is the 2020 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award and her poems have received honors from 92Y Discovery Prize, Southern Humanities Review, Tupelo Press, Poetry Society of America's Cecil Hemley Prize, Global Research Institute (Athens), and two Pushcart nominations.

Her installations, films, and performances have/will be exhibited at How Museum, Shanghai, the 13th Shanghai Biennial, Berlin’s Harun Farocki Institute, NYC’s The Immigrant Artist Biennial, NYU's Production Lab, LA Design Festival, Shanghai's Powerlong Museum and she was a curatorial fellow at the Flaherty Seminars.

 

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 received her MFA in Poetry from NYU, where was a Lillian Vernon fellow, and taught hybrid ballet-writing workshops through NYU Tisch's Art of Future Imaginations Grant.

Her debut chapbook There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife was selected by Aria Aber for the inaugural Own Voices Chapbook Prize (Radix Media, 2020). Her second chapbook This Is My Testimony interrogates language, otherness, and belonging in writing workshops (Black Warrior Review, 2022).

She was named 100 Most Influential Chinese in 2023 by Forbes China.

HONORS

2023
100 Most Influential Chinese, Forbes China
GOLD OTTOCAR, Autovision Awards, Munich
Winner, Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence.


2022
PARIS REVIEW/92Y Discovery Prize, Semi-Finalist

2021
BEST OF THE NET NOMINATION, THE FLORIDA REVIEW, 2021
第四届博鳌国际诗歌年度新锐奖,2021
"To Red Dust (II)" BEST NEW POETS ANTHOLOGY, 2021
BEST OF THE NET NOMINATION, THE FLORIDA REVIEW, 2021
92y discovery prize, runner-up, 2021
best new poets Nomination, Florida review, 2021


2020
Pushcart Nomination, Black Warrior Review, 2020
Pushcart Nomination, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, 2020
Finalist, The Cecil Hemley Memorial Prize judged by Sally Wen Mao, Poetry Society of America, 2020
Winner,  Own Voices Chapbook Prize, Radix Media 2020, judged by Aria Aber
Honorable Mention, Four Quartets: Poetry in the Pandemic, Tupelo Press, 2020
Honorable Mention, 2020 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, judged by Paisley Rekdal 
Winner, The George Bogin Memorial Prize judged by Carrie Fountain, Poetry Society of America, 2020
Art of Future Imaginations Grant, NYU Tisch, 2020
Fellow, Center for Book Arts, 2020
Fellow, Global Research Institute, Athens, Greece, 2020


2019
Fellow, NYU Screenwriting Production Lab, 2019
Shortlist, Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, 2019


2018
Lillian Vernon Fellowship, NYU Poetry MFA, 2018 - 2021

2017
Fellow, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 2017 - 2018
Curatorial Fellow, Flaherty Seminars, 2017
Double short-list, Disquiet International Literary Prize, 2017


2016
Research Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2016
G. Armour Craig Award for Prose Composition, The Corbin Prize, Amherst College, 2016

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