Jay Gao is a Chinese Scottish poet, fiction writer, and the author of Imperium (2022), forthcoming from Carcanet Press. He is a Contributing Editor for The White Review, and is an incoming PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is based in Providence and Edinburgh.

He is also the author of three poetry pamphlets: TRAVESTY58 (2022); Katabasis (2020), a winner of a New Poets Prize; and Wedding Beasts (2019), shortlisted for the Saltire-Calum MacDonald Award. 


He is a co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, a former reviewer for the Poetry Foundation, a mentor for the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Programme, and a Tin House Winter Resident in 2022. He is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Brown University, where he received the Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop Prize for Innovative Writing, the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction, and the Feldman Prize in Fiction.

He is represented by Matthew Turner at Rogers, Coleridge & White.