Sally Wen Mao was born in Wuhan, China and grew up in Boston and the Bay Area. Her poetry has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and published in journals such as Colorado Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Third Coast, and West Branch, among others. The recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, 826 Valencia, and Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, she has been nominated for the Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize anthologies. She holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.F.A. from Cornell University.