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“On the Plateau,” by Shen Haobo

Poet and publisher Shen Haobo was born in 1976 in Taixing, Jiangsu Province. He is a leading figure in the “Lower Body Poets” (下半身写作) contemporary poetry movement. Follow Shen on his Sina blog and Weibo account. Following is a...

Liao Yiwu’s First Trip Abroad

In the New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch writes about poet Liao Yiwu’s recent trip to Germany to participate in the Berlin and Hamburg literary festivals: Late last month, Wen Huang, the Chicago-based English translator of the...

Dream Weaver

Time Magazine reviews a new book of poems by exiled poet Yang Lian, Lee Valley Poems: This collection — released last October in the U.K., but in the U.S. only last month — is a difficult but rich one, fully repaying the...

Migrant workers find the pen is mightier than the plough – Jia Hepeng

From China Daily: Buckets are inseparable from the life and work of 32-year-old poet Liu Dongwu. Liu is chief editor of Nanfeiyan, a literary magazine based in Dongguan, South China’s Guangdong Province. The name translates as “wild goose flying southward.” Liu has managed to rise to literary fame from his hard beginnings as a migrant […]

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