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Friday Live with Wang Ping, A W4P Reading Series

May 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Join the May 15th Writing for Peace Friday Live Reading with Wang Ping

On Friday, May 15th, at 8pm EDT, Wang Ping will read from her latest book of poems, My Name Is Immigrant, published by Hanging Loose Press.  You can purchase her book here. We hope you’ll invite all your friends and join us on Zoom to ask your questions and hear Wang Ping read her work!

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About Wang Ping

Writing for Peace Adviser Wang PingWang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years farming in a mountain village, and with little prior formal education available, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the U.S., earning her Ph.D. from New York University.

Her previous books include three collections of poetry, The Magic Whip, Of Flesh & Spirit, and Ten Thousand Waves; the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (Eugene M. Kayden Award for Best Book in the Humanities); the novel Foreign Devil; two collections of fiction stories entitled American Visa (NYC Public Library Award for the Teen Age) and The Last Communist Virgin (Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story and Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies for Poetry/Prose); a children’s book of Chinese folk lore, The Dragon Emperor; and a book of creative nonfiction, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi (AWP Award Series Winner for Creative Nonfiction). She is also the editor and co-translator of the anthology New Generation: Poetry from China Today, co-translator of Flames by Xue Di, and co-translator of Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian.

She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Loft Literary Center, the McKnight Foundation and the Bush Foundation. She was a recipient of the LIU Distinct Alumna Award, Immigrant of Distinction Award, Lannan Foundation Art Residency, Vermont Art Studio Residency, and many others.

Wang Ping is also a photographer and multimedia artist. Her exhibitions address global themes of industrialization, the environment, interdependency, and the people. She currently lives in St. Paul, MN, and is a professor of English at Macalester College and founder of the Kinship of Rivers project. Visit WangPing.com and KinshipOfRivers.org for more information.

Praise for Wang Ping

“Wang Ping has had a fascinating life between China and the United States. Meeting her for the first time in person was an impressive experience and my admiration for her only grew. Her work with rivers and with other aspects of the landscape is totally refreshing, and her broad intelligence, delightful political wit and poetic vision expands understanding of the American nation.”

— Gary Snyder, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award


“The poem ‘Immigrant Can’t Write Poetry’ renders a moving argument about language and expression, and about the freedom poetry sometimes claims, the freedom to speak in ways that are obedient to the urgencies and irregularities of life… it’s moving, and on the surface, simple, and it reminds me that what all poems are truly in search of sits outside the words.”

— Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate, “The Slowdown”


“Wang Ping’s poetry is riddled with surprises that bite and soothe. There’s something wise and original in these poems wrung from need.”

— Yusef Komunyakaa, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


“This is what the highest poetry is for, a bearing witness that translates, transforms and humanizes; an act of imaginative creation that is simultaneously one of accurate transcription.”

— Fady Joudah, author of The Earth in the Attic, (Yale Series of Younger Poets)


“This is a collection of ghosts, and the voices of the dead and the living fall from the page into your lap… Wang Ping has brought us all together, even if we don’t yet know it.”

— Neil Hilborn, author of Clatter and the viral poem “OCD”

Read Robert Kostuck’s review of My Name Is Immigrant here.

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May 15, 2020
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