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I am a poet, essayist, translator, and editor. My poetry collection Border Vista, winner of the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize from Persea Books, will be published in 2022.

I was born and raised in 西安, 陕西, then later in Bowling Green, Ohio. I earned a BA in Creative Writing with honors from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA at Indiana University where I served as poetry editor of the Indiana Review.

My work is featured in Ploughshares, Ecotone, the Georgia Review, the Columbia Journal, Two Lines, Hyphen, Pleiades, Quarterly West, and elsewhere, and my honors include an Undocupoets Fellowship, a Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship to Bread Loaf Environmental Conference, and the National Society for Arts and Letters’ Literature Award. I’ve also been supported by an ALTA Travel Fellowship, a Mae Fellowship and awarded a residency at the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, MN. In 2022, I will be in residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.

My work explores distance and intimacy in my relationships with my family, with bureaucracy and state-sanctioned violence, racism and whiteness, the land, intimate partner violence, and the “minor feelings” and major joys of being an alien and finding home.

I live in in Minneapolis with my partner and plants, and edit books at Graywolf Press.

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