Introducing Our New Fiction Editor and Nonfiction Editor

The editors of Tupelo Press are delighted and honored to announce that Xu Xi will be joining our staff as Fiction Editor, and Elizabeth J. Colen will serve as our Nonfiction Editor.

Xu Xi’s transnational novel, That Man In Our Lives, was released in 2016 by C&R Press. Publishers Weekly describes this hybrid work as an “engrossing, whirlwind metafictional tale [that] effectively demonstrates the far-reaching effects of politics and culture on the smallest, most personal aspects of our lives.” Her other recent projects include This Fish is Fowl: Essays of Being, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press, and Dear Hong Kong: Elegy for a City, which will be published by Penguin China in July 2017.   She has taught in the M.F.A. Program at the Vermont College of the Fine Arts, at City University of Hong Kong, and at Syracuse University in Hong Kong, in addition to serving as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Arizona State University and Bedell Distinguished Visiting Writer in the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.

Elizabeth J. Colen is most recently the author of What Weaponry, a novel in prose poems, which is available from Black Lawrence Press. Reviewer Ansley Moon writes of this cross-genre work, “Part collage, part lyric essay, and part animal invocation, Colen traverses different spheres: Roman history, the domestic space, poetic space, academia, loneliness, solitude, a complicated relationship and the environment of the Pacific Northwest; and she writes about how physical spaces change us, make us take notice and listen.” Her other books include the poetry collections Money for Sunsets (Steel Toe Books), and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies (Jaded Ibis Press), as well as a flash fiction collection called Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake (Rose Metal Press), a fiction collaboration entitled Your Sick (Jellyfish Highway Press), and the book-length lyric essay The Green Condition (Ricochet Editions). She has been honored as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Audre Lorde Prize for Poetry. She teaches at Western Washington University.

Additionally, Tupelo Press will now be accepting submissions of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts via our online submission manager. Thank you, as always, for trusting us with your work!