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The Creative Writers Forum - Spring 2019

The Creative Writers Forum presents Xu Xi: "Juggling Lives."

The Creative Writers Forum presents

Xu Xi: "Juggling Lives"

Xu Xi should have been a cat, with nine instead of just one life. She is the author of five novels, seven collections of short fiction & essays, and one memoir. But for 18 years, she also had a parallel career in international business and held marketing and management positions in Asia and the U.S.. In 1998, following the release of her third book, she finally surrendered to the writing life. Xu is now Faculty Co-Director of the new International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Xu will share her experience of negotiating these multiple transcultural and transnational lives. How do you reconcile corporate “hatchet lady” with a humanist’s compassion? Or the filial Asian daughter with the globalized feminist gaze? Or an ambitious careerist with the private, even reclusive artist?

She will speak specifically about her essay, “To Loaf, or How Not to Write a CV” from her forthcoming essay collection: This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being. The essay is available for download and also in locations around campus, as part of the One Bentley One Story project, which aims to make one short story available to the entire Bentley community to remind us of the individual and communal joys of reading. 

Tuesday February 5, 2019

LaCava 305AB

5:00-6:20 p.m. with reception to follow




Sponsored by the Department of English and Media Studies

All students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends are most welcome to attend! The event is free.

A flyer for the event can be found here.