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  • About the Contributors

A Yi was born in 1976 in Ruichang, Jiangxi, China. After graduating from the police academy, he served on the force for five years. He later became an editor at the bimonthly literary magazine Chutzpah. In 2008, he began writing short stories. His books include two collections of fiction, one collection of essays, a novel, and an autobiographical novel. He received the 2010 People’s Literature award. In 2012, People’s Literature named him one of the “top twenty writers of the future.”

Jeffrey Angles is an associate professor of Japanese literature at Western Michigan University. He is the author of Writing the Love of Boys (2011) and translator of Forest of Eyes: Selected Poems of Tada Chimako (2010) and Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems of Hiromi Itō (2009). His own poetry and fiction have been widely published in anthologies and journals. He is a recipient of the Japan–U.S. Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, the Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a PEN Club of America grant.

Quan Barry was born in Saigon and raised near Boston. She has published three books of poetry: Asylum (2001), Controvertibles (2004), and Water Puppets (2011), which won the 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.

Vicky Bowman joined the United Kingdom Foreign Office in 1988 and learned Burmese at University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies prior to her posting from 1990 to 1993 in Burma. She served as the British ambassador to Burma from 2002 to 2006 and is now working in the Foreign Office in London. She has published numerous English translations of Burmese literature.

James Byrne has published three books of poetry: Passages of Time (2002), Blood/Sugar (2009), and New and Selected Poems: The Vanishing House (2009). He is also editor of The Wolf, an international poetry magazine publishing such Burmese poets as Saw Wai, Zeyar Lynn, and Saya Zawgyi. With ko ko thett, he recently edited and translated the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry in English, Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets (2012). Byrne lives in Cambridge, England, where he is a poet-in-residence at Clare Hall and a research associate on modern Burmese poetry at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Chen Dongdong was born in 1961 and began writing when he was twenty. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University with a degree in Chinese literature. His recent publications include a volume of hybrid writing, Flowing Water (1998); a [End Page 181] book of long poems, Summer Book • Unbanned Book (2011); and a forthcoming collection, Poems. He has been editor of the underground poetry journals Works, Tendency, and Southern Poetry Magazine. With Chinese American poet Zhang Er, he edited a bilingual anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry, Another Kind of Nation (2007). With poet Zhang Zao, he translated Selected Poetry of Wallace Stevens (2008). Since 2004, he has been the organizer of the March 3 Poetry Conference in the PRC.

Chen Zeping is a professor of linguistics at Fujian Normal University in Fuzhou, China. For more than ten years, he has collaborated with Karen Gernant, professor emerita of Chinese history at Southern Oregon University, on translations of contemporary Chinese fiction into English. Their most recent co-translated books include Eleven Contemporary Chinese Writers (2010); Vertical Motion, by Can Xue (2011); and Tibetan Soul: Stories, by Alai (2012).

Phil Choi received an MFA from Emerson College. His essay “Choosing Burden” originally appeared in a slightly different version in Mānoa in 2000 and was mentioned in The Best American Essays that year. He lives in San Francisco, where he works in the software industry.

Linda Connor is a distinguished Bay Area photographer who has traveled extensively in India, Turkey, Peru, Iceland, Cambodia, Bali, Egypt, Australia, and other places. Connor is known for photographing with a large-format eight-by-ten–inch view camera. Her prints are made by placing the negatives on photo-sensitive paper, which is exposed and developed using sunlight, then toned and fixed with gold chloride. Her most recent exhibition is Linda Connor: From Two Worlds, at the Haines Gallery in San...


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