Vi Khi Nao

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.


“ALI RAZ IN CONVERSATION WITH VI KHI NAO: On birds, coffee, and the transformative edge” – curated by Vi Khi Nao

Ali Raz’s work has appeared in 3am, Plinth,  Occulum, Journal 69, Queenmob’s Teahouse, and elsewhere.   VI KHI NAO: You concluded your Hitchcock-inspired piece “The Birds” with the following line: “Feel the boot that stomps endlessly over the human face.” Did the ending arrive before you started the piece? Or did the […]


Matching the Gut with Its Impulses: A Conversation with Sophia Dahlin & a Folio of New Poems – curated by Vi Khi Nao

Sophia Dahlin is in Oakland, California, where she teaches with California Poets in the Schools and conducts generative writing workshops at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore. Her work has recently appeared in Elderly, Still, Fence, and the Poetry Foundation’s PoetryNow series. With Jacob Kahn, she edits a chapbook press called Eyelet.   […]


An Introduction to Jessica Q. Stark by Vi Khi Nao

    Even with a personal calculator, I could not mathematically or scientifically calculate or suture Jessica Q Stark’s sharp, elegant poems into one voice, a voice that will speak us through the “murky-watered babe” and into any unforeseen fire. These three poems, like three invisible, flickering alphabets, seem to […]