Huang Fan – A Portfolio of Poetry – translated by Margaret Ross


Born in 1963 in China, Huang Fan’s poetry collections in Chinese include Moon Losting Sleeping, Elegies of Nanjing and Selected Poems of a Decade. His fictional works include the novels The Eleventh Commandment, The floating colors , Until Youth Disappears , the short story collection, Girls’ School Teacher and the eassy collection, Chinese Wander. The editor of United Daily News called him the Mainland poet of most interest to the Taiwanese reader. When His novel The Eleventh Commandment was serialised in’s literary section, it received over 3 million hits and was rated one of the two “must-read” novels for young people to read. He has received awards and prizes including the China Good Poetry Prize, the Beijing Literary Prize, the Jinling Literary Prize, the Fangcao Biennial Top Ten Prize for Poetry, the Writer’s Golden Prize for Short Story, the Zijin Mountain Literature Prize, the Zhongshan  Literature Prize, the Borao International Poetry Prize the Biennial China Houtian Culture and Art Prize. Huang Fan’s poetry has been featured in Push Open the Window (Copper Canyon 2011) and A Public Space and has been praised by English-language poets aesthetically diverse as Robert Hass, Forrest Gander, Ron Padgett and J.H. Prynne.

Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare. Her poems and translations have appeared in Harper’sThe Paris ReviewPOETRY, and The New Republic. She currently teaches at the University of Chicago where she is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow.