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Sally Wen Mao

Part-time Faculty
714 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Wednesday 3:00-5:00

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.  



The Kingdom of Surfaces

Sally Wen Mao's The Kingdom Surfaces was published by Graywolf Press.

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 


2023 Spring

Poetry Writing

2022 Spring

Poetry Writing

2022 Fall

Poetry Writing

Sally Wen Mao