Introducing Fiction Editor James Xiao

James was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Sunset District where it— as the locals well know— is never sunny. He has spent most of his life in California, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis and living in Oakland before moving out to the Midwest to pursue an MFA in creative writing. Due to his San Francisco roots, he is an avid fan of the Niners, Giants and Warriors. He also maintains a San Francisco Giants blog (with which he has an on-again off-again relationship). His interests include Arrested Development, contemporary literature, his two cats, referring to himself in third person (but only on awkward occasions like when he has to write a self-profile), soup, garage sales, getting angry about Sarah Palin, and foghorns. His dislikes include Sarah Palin (and the anti-intellectualism of today’s political climate), wet socks and parking tickets.

James prefers reading short stories to novels. An ideal story for him is one with an interesting voice or form that moves and haunts the reader. Some of his favorite short stories include “Sarah Cole” by Russel Banks, “What You Pawn I will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie, “The Second Bakery Attack” by Haruki Murakami, and “Distance” by Raymond Carver. He also enjoys reading (and writing) flash fiction and encourages you, dear blog peruser, to send more his way.