A Review of Xu Xi’s “That Man in Our Lives,” by Jennifer Lee

Xu Xi, raised in Hong Kong but long occupying the “flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong, and the South Island of New Zealand,” might be called a writer of the diaspora. But diasporic stories often move from origin to destination, periphery to center. This novel, however, has no center, no periphery; its origins are [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Xu Xi)

Xu Xi: “The Writing Race”   Let’s talk about race. This is not an easy subject, especially for writers in America, where race is the thing to deny you care about as you desperately try to climb the writerly ladder of fame. Let’s talk about desperation, which all MFA (and beyond) writers have, even the [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Introduction: “MFA vs. POC”

Forum Junot Díaz’s April 2014 New Yorker piece “MFA vs. POC” sums up the failings of American Creative Writing Programs simply: “too white.” Which is to say, not enough faculty of color, little to no space for the experiences of people of color, and an abiding belief that race is not the province of Literature. [Continue Reading…]