Salem State Writers Series – Yao Xiao, graphic novelist and Alexandria Peary, poet

Salem State Writers Series – Yao Xiao, graphic novelist and Alexandria Peary, poet

Yao Xiao is a cartoonist and illustrator living in New York. Her debut graphic novel, Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid was published by Andrews McMeel in 2020 and has received praise by Publishers Weekly and Ms. Magazine. Her debut children’s book How To Solve A Problem, written by Ashima Shiraishi and published by Penguin Random House received a starred review on Kirkus. She has been publishing Baopu, a serialized comic on Autostraddle since 2014 and has been featured on Buzzfeed and The Washington Post as guest cartoonist. Her work has been nominated for the Ignatz Award and recognized by the Society of Illustrators.
Yao was born in China and emigrated to the United States in 2006. After graduation with a degree in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, Yao sought a way to document her experiences as a queer immigrant in the United States and developed a series of comics incorporating illustration and writing.
Salem State English professor Alexandria Peary will open the evening. The child of a German mother and American father, Alexandria Peary grew up in the country store her parents owned in central Maine. She earned a BA at Colby College, MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a PhD in Composition from the University of New Hampshire. Her poetry collections are Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers (2008), Lid to the Shadow (2011), Control Bird Alt Delete (2014), and The Water Draft (2019). Peary’s other books are Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (with Tom C. Hunley 2015) and Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing (2018).
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