Irene Hsiao is a writer and dancer. Her book of photography and text, "Letter from Taipei, was published in 2014." Hsiao's essays and poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, SF Weekly, KQED Arts, Bay Area Reporter, Newcity, Cambridge Quarterly, Victorian Poetry, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US, Literary Imagination, Modern Philology, Word Riot, elimae, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, and Sweet, as well as in the book "Peter Pan In and Out of Time." She has been awarded the Louis Martz Prize by the William Carlos Williams Society and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. As a dancer she has appeared with many organizations, including Kinetech Arts, Winifred Haun & Dancers, Alma Esperanza Cunningham Movement, and Lenora Lee Dance, among others. A Regents’ Scholar at UC Berkeley, she earned a double B.A. in English and Molecular and Cell Biology and won the Chauncey Wetmore Wells Critical Essay Prize. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Chicago.