Chinese in Three Voices: a reading by A Lai, Wang Jiaxin and Jonathan Stalling, in English and Chinese


October 11, 2013 - 5:00pm


Shambaugh House

Contact Name: 

Morse, Kelly L

Contact Phone: 

+1 319 335 0128

The IWP is proud to host, in conjunction with the University of Iowa's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, a special reading with IWP Fall Residents A Lai and Jiaxin Wang (China) along with translator Jonathan Stalling.

Jonathan Stalling is an editor of Chinese Literature Today magazine and book series (University of Oklahoma Press) and the 21st Century North American–Chinese Literature Research and Translation Series (21世纪北美中国文学研究著译丛书) published by China’s Academy of Social Sciences Press. He is the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of China’s Literature Abroad at Beijing Normal University and the founding director of the MAE Poetry Reading Series at OU. His books include Poetics of Emptiness (Fordham University Press), Grotto Heaven (Chax Press), Yingelishi (Counterpath Press), Winter Sun: The Poetry of Shi Zhi (Oklahoma University Press), and he is an editor of The Chinese Character as a Medium for Poetry (Fordham UP). Winter Sun  is presently a finalist for the National Translation Award. 

A Lai (fiction writer, poet; China) won the prestigious 2000 Mao Dun literary prize for his first novel, Chen ‘ai luoding, , which  appeared  in the U.S. as Red Poppies (2003, trans. Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Lin). His other novels include [The Silversmith Beneath the Moonlight] (2001), [Empty Mountain] (2005), [Ladder of the Earth] (2008) and, most recently, [King Gesar]. A Lai, who is of Tibetan ethnicity, has also published volumes of essays and interviews, and produced a number of scripts for television.

Wang Jiaxin 王家新  (poet, essayist, translator, scholar; China) is the author of five poetry collections, ten books of critical essays, and a translator of, among others, Paul Celan. Among the anthologies he has edited are three collections of 20th century European and American poetry, two of contemporary Chinese poetry and a volume of Yeats. His first collection of poems in English, Darkening Mirror: New and Selected Poems, will appear later this year. Wang Jiaxin is a professor at Renmin University (Beijing) and the director of its International Writing Center.