Wang Jiaxin         Veerle De Vos      Silvia Marijnissen

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WANG JIAXIN (1957)

 

Like so many of his generation, the Chinese Poet Wang Jiaxin, born in Danjiangkou, Hubei Province, was sent to the countryside for labor after high school during the Cultural Revolution. Two years after Mao Zedong's death, in 1978, he was able to study Chinese at Wuhan University. In 1985 he published his first collection of poems. He eventually became an editor, essayist, critic, literary translator and professor of Chinese literature at Renmin University Beijing. Since that first collection, he has continued to publish steadily, winning many national and international awards and participating in many poetry festivals around the world. Regarded as one of the most important post-misty poets, Wang is widely published and also known as an essayist and literary translator. He is renowned for his Chinese translations of, among others, Paul Celan, Marina Tsvetaeva, Federico García Lorca and Osip Mandelstam.

 

 Wang Jiaxin started writing poetry while in college and gained more recignition in the 1990s after moving to Beijing. He has been mostly known for his long narrative poems such as ‘Pasternak’, ‘London Notes’, ‘Eulogy’, which drew inspiration from long conversations with his literary relatives in Russia and England.  After a break from poetry writing and devoting to translation, he returned with a new poetic voice—more lyrical and condensed. In more recent years, he has shifted his focus to capturing small moments encountered in his travels and extending them to a more metaphorical sphere. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Veerle De Vos is a journalist at VRT News, specializing in Asia. She’s reported on and travelled in Asia extensively, but most of all in China. Before working at VRT she worked for 2 years as an English teacher at a university in Wuhan.
In 2012 she published a book on her experiences, together with a Chinese co-author “In elke rivier schijnt een maan” (千江有水千江月). She‘s currently writing a book on the Belgian Jesuits who worked at the Chinese court of the Kangxi-emperor in the 17th century, which should be published at the end of this year.  
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Silvia Marijnissen (1970) is a translator of Chinese literature and has translated novels by Mo Yan and Eileen Chang, modern poetry by Yang Mu, Ye Mimi, Hsia Yu, Shang Ch'in, Duoduo, Jidi Majia, Lo Fu and Chen Li, and classical landscape poetry.

She is co-translator of the famous eighteenth-century classic De Droom van de Rode Kamer, together with Anne Sytske Keijser and Mark Leenhouts.