Born in China, poet Wendy Xu was raised in New York and Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa, where she earned a BA, and she completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Founding coordinator of the Younger American Poets Reading Series, Xu co-coordinates the jubilat/Jones reading series and has served as an editor for iO: A Journal of New American Poetry and iO Books. She lives in Brooklyn. Xu frequently uses line breaks as sharp hinges in single-stanza, meditative poems that embrace the ephemeral nature of intimacy.