Yi Sha

Yi Sha

Yi Sha (real name Wu Wenjian) is one of the most influential poets in China, having been described as the Chinese Allen Ginsberg and “the greatest avant-garde in China.” He has produced more than twenty collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including the well-known poetry collections Starve The Poet! (available in English), The Train Crosses the Yellow River, Corner of the World, and Ecstasy. In addition, he and his wife have co-translated more than eighty foreign poets into Chinese. Born in Chengdu in 1966, Yi Sha attended university in Beijing and now teaches in the Chinese Department of Xi’an Foreign Languages University.

March 24: Poetry in Translation
March 26: The Hazards and Thrills of Literary Translation

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