Haolun Xu

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Haolun Xu is a Chinese-American poet, fiction writer, and filmmaker based in New Jersey. He was born in Nanning, China, and raised in New Jersey. He holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Rutgers University.

Haolun’s writing has appeared in literary journals such as Electric Literature, Narrative, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Joyland, jubilat, and more.

Haolun’s work is the recipient of the John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction, and has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize, and also for Best Of The Net. Haolun is also an Associate Poetry Editor for the literary journal, Pidgeonholes. He is also a Fiction Editor for the literary organization and press, Newfound.

Haolun’s upcoming narrative short film, Long Beach, is currently in post-production, and concluded principal photography at the end of April 2022. He is also the film director of the short film, Winter Prayer (2021), and the co-writer for the short film, In Passing (2021), directed by Ryan Quon.

Haolun’s debut chapbook, Ultimate Sun Cell, was published with New Delta Review, placing Runner-Up in the 2021 Chapbook Contest, judged by Brandon Shimoda. Purchase your copy of it here!

He has received scholarships and fellowships from organizations such as Brooklyn Poets, the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Hugo House, Centrum, and more. However, see below for a complete list of publications and awards.

For contact, please email Haolun at: haolun2@gmail.com. Haolun’s copywriting and technical writing portfolio can be found on a password-protected link here.

Feel free also to connect with him on Twitter, his handle is: @haolun1. His Instagram is: @xuhaolun.