Sally Wen Mao

Sally Wen Mao is the author of the debut fiction collection Ninetails, forthcoming from Penguin Books, and the poetry collection The Kingdom of Surfaces, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2023. She is also the author of two previous poetry collections, Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she was recently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. Her fiction has appeared in The Georgia Review, Guernica, Indiana Review, Hyphen, and the McSweeney's anthology I Know What's Best for You: Stories of Reproductive Freedom edited by Shelly Oria.

Feature: Sally Wen Mao

If beauty signaled so much power, why did four out of four historical beauties die tragically?

Hot Spring Ghost Story

My father, Yongli, told me this story, but I think he left some things out.