Xiaoni graduated from Jilin University in 1982 where she was a literary editor and worked for a film studio. In 1985, she settled in Shenzen and became a professor at Hainan University. She has published over 25 books of poetry and won several awards. In 2015 the translation of her book Something Crosses My Mind by Eleanor Goodman was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Other translations of her work have been published by poet Pascale Petit.
- My Selected Poems (1986)
- On Visiting Friends (1992-1993)
- Exile in Shenzhen (1994)
- My Paper Wraps My Fire (1997)
- Something Crosses My Mind (2014)
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- "Eleanor Goodman". Griffin Poetry Prize. Retrieved 5 September 2015.