Anni Liu is a poet, essayist, translator, editor, sensitivity reader, and educator.
She was born and raised in 西安, 陕西 as well as Bowling Green, Ohio. She received her BA in Creative Writing with honors from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is currently an MFA candidate at Indiana University where she’s served as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review.
Liu’s work is published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Waxwing, The Journal, and elsewhere. Her honors include an Undocupoets Fellowship, a Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship to Bread Loaf Environmental Conference, and the National Society for Arts and Letters’ 2018 Literature Award for the best writing by a writer under 30 in the state of Indiana.
Between her degrees, she has worked as a puppeteer, farmhand, one-on-one educator, freelance editor, and choral accompanist.
Her work engages the subjects of immigration, capitalism and colonialism, intimate partner violence, loneliness, love, and the environment through lyric self-reflexivity.
She lives in in Minneapolis with her partner and plants and works at Graywolf Press.
She thanks Yvet Youssef for her skill as a photographer and friend, and also Ursula K. Le Guin for her memorable writing, quoted above.