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Sally Wen Mao

New Part-time Faculty

B.A., Creative Writing and Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
M.F.A., Poetry, Cornell University, 2012

Sally Wen Mao is the author of Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry, and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award. Oculus has been featured or reviewed in Nylon, The Washington Post, Lit Hub, NPR, Vulture, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, and The New Yorker, among others. The winner of a Pushcart Prize, she has recent poems published or forthcoming in Poetry, The Paris Review, Harper's Bazaar, Tin House, The Missouri Review, The Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, A Public Space, and The New Republic, among others.   She was a 2016-2017 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, the 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at George Washington University, and a 2021 Shearing fellow at the Black Mountain Institute in University of Nevada Las Vegas. The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Lannan Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Foundation, Mao holds an MFA from Cornell University. She has taught writing at Cornell University, Hunter College, the National University of Singapore, Sarah Lawrence College, Antioch University, and George Washington University.  

Teaching and Research Interests

poetry, poetics, fiction writing, the novel, essay, lyric essay, Asian American studies, ethnic studies, visual arts, visual studies, media and cultural studies, feminist/gender studies, film, contemporary literature, contemporary art


2022 Spring

Poetry Writing

Sally Wen Mao