Ya Shi 哑石 is a poet from China's Sichuan province. Endlessly inventive and intellectually restless, his work sings as it struggles, bringing a great deal of joy without flinching in the face of mortality, isolation, and suppression. Ya Shi is the author of six collections of poetry and winner of the elite Liu Li'an Prize. He is a university lecturer in mathematics; his newest poetry is available on his blog (in Chinese) here. I've translated Ya Shi since 2013, and my translations of his poems are forthcoming in 2017 with Zephyr Press under the title Floral Mutter. To read an interview with me about Ya Shi in the New England Review, click here; to read his work, click on the magazine covers below.
The translation journal Asymptote published several poems of Ya Shi's, including "Fragment," which provided the title of Floral Mutter.
Two Ya Shi poems were published at Eleven Eleven magazine, and his poem "Untitled" was nominated for a Best of the Net award.
Chinese Literature Today published a feature on Ya Shi that included an introduction and four of his experimental prose pieces.
The newly redesigned Two Lines magazine printed four Ya Shi poems in its paper edition, and two online.
Some Anthologized Translations
An essay, "The Erotic Carnival in Recent Chinese History," and three poems by Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波, in No Enemies, No Hatred, edited by Perry Link.
Two poems by Beijing University professor Zang Di 臧棣 in The Third Shore, edited by W. N. Herbert and Yang Lian.