Wang Ping (author)

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For the general of ancient China, see Wang Ping (Three Kingdoms).
Wang Ping
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reading at Split This Rock, 2014
Born (1967-08-14) August 14, 1967 (age 47)
Citizenship American
Alma mater Beijing University;
Long Island University;
New York University
Genre Poetry

Wang Ping (born August 14, 1967) is a Chinese-American author and academic. Wang's writings center around the past and present of China, and the experiences of Chinese immigrants in America.

Life and education[edit]

Wang was born in Shanghai,[1] and spent her childhood on an island of the People's Republic of China in the East China Sea.[2] Despite having only a few years of primary education, she was admitted to Beijing University, from which she was awarded a BA in English Literature.[3] Wang emigrated to the United States in the following year, obtaining her MA in English Literature from Long Island University. It was at LIU that a professor inspired her to write fiction. She obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University in 1999.[3]


Wang is primarily a writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and translation. Her first publication was a collection of short stories, American Visa, in 1994. She followed this up in 1996 with a novel, Foreign Devil. Two poetry collections followed, Of Flesh & Spirit (1998) and The Magic Whip (2003). In 2000, she published "Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China," hardcopy by University of Minnesota, then paperback by Anchorage in 2002. The same year, her translation of modern Chinese poetry came out from Hanging Loose Press: "New Generation: Poems from China Today." In 2006 Emperor Dragon, a traditional Chinese folk tale, was published. A second collection of short stories, The Last Communist Virgin, was published in 2007. Her latest translation of poetry was published by Zephyr: "Flashcards: Poems by Yu Jian."

Wang's poetry, fiction and essays are frequently published in journals and anthologies.

Wang is also a photographer and multi-media artist. She had three photo and multi-media exhibitions since 2007: "Behind the Gate: China in Flux" at Janet Fine Arts Gallery, St. Paul (, "All Roads to Lhasa" at Banfille-Locke Culture Center, and "Kinship of Rivers" at the Open Eye Figure Theatre ([2]

Wang is a judge for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Academic career[edit]

Wang spent much of the 1990s as a writing instructor or poet in residence, and in 1999 Prius obtained a position as assistant professor at Macalester College. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Macalester, and teaches courses in creative writing and poetry.[2]


Wang has been the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts for poetry, the Minnesota State Arts Board for fiction, Bush Foundation for the Arts (poetry), McKnight Fellowship for creative non-fiction, Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, Vermont Studio Center residency. Her books have won Eugene Kaden Award for the Best Book in Humanity, Fiction Award for the Asian American Studies, Minnesota Book Award.[2]


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