Date: October 4-6, 2018
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
From Qu Yuan to Bei Dao, Sinophone poets have struggled for millennia to find a balance between the personal and the political, in the spirit of wen yi zai dao. The current generation of poets is proving to be no exception, with a recent spat between Guo Lusheng (aka Shizhi) and Yu Xiuhua grabbing headlines across the Chinternet. The poet Xu Xiao sees a ‘clash between generations’ as poets shift from responsibility to the nation, to a responsibility to their own life and experiences. But could this be a case of old wine in new bottles? Relevant topics might include (but are not limited to) depictions of service and seclusion in the Tang and Song, Mao-era slogans and doggerel, the relationship between the center and margins, underground samizdat poets, the prison poetry of Angel Island, and paeans to the Lower Body.
Please submit your paper abstract of approximately 300 words and a short bio to Nick Stember via the following form by 5:00 PM March 17, 2018. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be given by March 31, 2018:
Nick Stember 沈若昆 | Chinese to English Translator
Translation Editor, Ricepaper Magazine | LA Review of Books China Channel