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Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award, a Poets & Writers Top Ten Debut of 2014, and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Anticipated Pick of Fall 2014. Her second book, Oculus, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019. 

Her work has won a 2017 Pushcart Prize and a 2016 Amy Award from Poets & Writers. Her poems are anthologized in The Best of the Net 2014 and The Best American Poetry 2013. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in A Public Space, Poetry, Black Warrior ReviewGuernica, The Missouri Review, and Tin House, among other journals. Her fiction can be found in PEN America and Hyphen Magazineand her essays are published or forthcoming in Rookie On Love, LENNY, and other spaces.

The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Jerome FoundationHedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Foundation, Mao holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She has taught writing classes and workshops at Cornell UniversityHunter College, the National University of Singapore, The George Washington University, Poet's House, and the Asian American Writers Workshop, among others. She was the 2015-2016 Singapore Creative Writing Residency Writer-in-Residence and a 2016-2017 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. Currently she resides in Washington, D.C. as the 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at the George Washington University.