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.


  • August 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      Seasoned with Love
      by Eira Needham
      PenShells

      Second Place

      Ill-used
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

      Third Place

      A Note for Perilous Times
      by Fred Longworth
      PenShells

      Honorable Mention

      Whatever Glorious Else It Is
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • July 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      Corton Beach Holiday Camp, Great Yarmouth
      by Marilyn Francis
      The Write Idea

      Second Place

      Still Waltzing with You
      by Allen M. Weber
      Desert Moon Review

      Third Place

      The Aging Magician Speaks to His Reflection
      by Laurie Byro
      Desert Moon Review

      Honorable Mention

      Seeking Duende
      by Richard Chase
      Desert Moon Review

      Honorable Mention

      Dr. Seuss’s Guide to Manly Health and Training
      by Paul A. Freeman
      The Write Idea

      Honorable Mention

      Resonance
      by Sylvia Evelyn
      Babilu

      Honorable Mention

      celebrating the 45th anniversary of Father’s Day
      by Michael Virga
      The Writer's Block