Sally Wen Mao is the author of Oculus, out now from Graywolf Press on January 15th, 2019. Oculus has been featured or reviewed by Nylon, The Washington Post, Lit Hub, NPR, Vulture, O Magazine, The Millions, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Poets&Writers, and The New Yorker, among others. Her first book, Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), was the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award, a Poets & Writers Top Ten Debut of 2014, and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Anticipated Pick of Fall 2014.

Her work has won a 2017 Pushcart Prize and a 2016 Amy Award from Poets & Writers. Her poems are anthologized in The Best of the Net 2014 and The Best American Poetry 2013. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in A Public Space, Poetry, Black Warrior ReviewGuernicaThe Missouri Reviewand Tin House, among other journals. Her fiction can be found in PEN America and Hyphen Magazineand her essays are published or forthcoming in Rookie On LoveLENNY, The Kenyon Review, and other spaces.

The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from KundimanBread Loaf Writers ConferenceJerome FoundationHedgebrookVermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Foundation, Mao holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She has taught writing classes and workshops at Cornell UniversityHunter College, the National University of SingaporeThe George Washington UniversityPoet's House, and the Asian American Writers Workshop, among others. She was the 2015-2016 Singapore Creative Writing Residency Writer-in-Residence, a 2016-2017 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library, and the 2017-2018 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at the George Washington University. Most recently, she was a resident artist at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai.