Xuefei Jin

Judged: Poem of the Year: May 2008 - Apr 2009

Xuefei Jin

Xuefei Jin (Ha Jin) grew up in mainland China and came to the United States in 1985 to do graduate work at Brandeis University. In 1990 he began to write in English exclusively. To date, he has published three volumes of poetry, Between Silences (1990), Facing Shadows (1996), and Wreckage (2001); and three books of short fiction, Ocean of Words (1996), which received the PEN/Hemingway Award; Under the Red Flag (1997), which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and The Bridegroom (2000), which received The Asian American Literary Award (2001) and the Townsend Fiction Prize (2002). He has also written five novels: In the Pond (1998); Waiting (1999), which received the National Book Award (1999) and the PEN/Faulkner Award (2004), The Crazed (2002), War Trash (2004), the PEN/Faulkner Award (2005), A Free Life (2007), and a book of essays, The Writer as Migrant (2008). His collection of short stories, A Good Fall, will be published in November 2009. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Currently he is a professor of English at Boston University and lives in the Boston area.


  • May 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      A Brief History of Rain
      by Antonia Clark
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Oklahoma
      by Dale Patterson
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Driving Home From Santa Rosa
      by Andrew Dufresne
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      Trans-figuration
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Honorable Mention

      The Photograph
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • April 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      (how to lose at) Kimberly’s Game
      by John Wilks
      The Write Idea

      Second Place

      A Legacy of Sorts
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

      Third Place

      Waiting for a bus at Armarnath Temple
      by Ieuan ap Hywel
      The Wriiter's Block