Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Yao Xiao

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024
More: www.yao.nyc

Yao Xiao is a writer and artist based in New York City. They are the author of graphic novel Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. They are a contributor to the New Yorker.

Xiao’s has published works in The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Catapult, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, F(r)iction, Passages North, and Autostraddle. Their work has been recognized and supported by the Ignatz Award, a Define American Fellowship, and a Think!Chinatown Artist Residency. They hold an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hunter College.

At MacDowell, Xiao worked on the manuscript for a book of essays about nostalgia, memory, and the experience of being an immigrant artist from China. Essays from this collection won the Ray Ventre Nonfiction Prize from Passages North, F(r)iction Nonfiction Contest in 2023, and were published in Literary Hub and Electric Literature.



Yao Xiao worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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