Person of the Week: Liu Xia

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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...

Prison of the Mind: Liao Yiwu’s Memoir of Incarceration

At The New Yorker, Ian Buruma reviews Liao Yiwu’s prison memoir For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese Prison. The book was rewritten twice after its first and second drafts were...

Testimony of Torture: Liao Yiwu Exposes Prison Brutality

Berlin-based writer Liao Yiwu talks to Der Spiegel about “Für ein Lied und hundert Lieder” (“For a Song and a Hundred Songs”), a memoir of his four years in prison. As well as the grisly conditions...

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...

Liu Hongbin, Out of Exile: Language, Memory and Imagination

Since 1989, the poet Liu Hongbin has been trying to make his way back to China – Language, memory and imagination are part of the journey home. From the Index of Censorship: I finally boarded the plane, but just before it took...

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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