Jonathan Stalling

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Jonathan Stalling
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Born (1975-06-24) June 24, 1975 (age 47)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Oklahoma

Jonathan Stalling (Chinese: 石江山,思道林; born June 24, 1975) is an American poet, scholar, editor, translator, professor, and inventor who works at the intersection of English and Chinese. He is the Harold J & Ruth Newman Chair for US-China Issues and Co-Director of the Institute for US-China Issues, and is Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.[1] He is also the affiliate English professor at the University of Oklahoma where he serves as the founding curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive (CLTA),[2] and as a founding editor of Chinese Literature Today (CLT)[3] journal and as the editor of the CLT book series published by the University of Oklahoma Press.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

The son of artists, Stalling grew up in Eureka Springs, Arkansas during the back-to-the-land movement, and went to Clear Spring School, where he would later return and teach. After graduating from Eureka Springs High School, he went on to study Chinese at the University of Hawaii and Beijing University, after which he graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in Chinese studies in 1998.[citation needed] He received his first master's degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and his second from SUNY Buffalo, where he held the McNulty Fellowship in Ethnopoetics and later received his PhD in poetics in 2005.[5]


Stalling became an assistant professor of English Literature at the University of Oklahoma in 2006 where he went on to establish the Chinese Literature Today[3] journal, book series, and the Chinese Literature Translation Archive[2] and Special Collections at Bizzel Memorial Library. Stalling was the first non-Chinese Poet in Residence of Beijing University and Poet in Residence of Hongcun (Huangshan, Anhui, China) in 2015.


Stalling teaches a variety of undergraduate courses on twentieth-century American poetry, east–west poetics, buddhism and beat literature, and creative writing. His graduate seminars have focused on postmodern poetics, transpacific literature and criticism, and literary and cultural theory. In addition to OU courses, Stalling organizes a statewide poetry project that teaches classical Chinese poetic forms in English to K-14 students in Oklahoma Newman Young Writers Award.[citation needed] Stalling has taught courses on Second Language Acquisition and is the creator of new methods for teaching English pronunciation in Chinese language environments.[citation needed]


Stalling is the author of three book-length collections of poetry: Grotto Heaven (Chax),  Yingelishi: Sinophonic Poetry and Poetics (Counterpath),[6] and Lost Wax: Translation through the Void (Tinfish).[7] His opera Yingelishi (吟歌丽诗) was performed at Yunnan University in 2010,[8] and a new version of the work is currently in production in collaboration with the composer Yan Yiguo.


The Chinese Literature Translation Archive houses over 14,000 volumes from the Arthur Waley and Howard Goldblatt personal libraries with over 10,000 archival materials from Waley, Goldblatt, as well as German Sinologist Wolfgang Kubin, Poet-translator Wai-lim Yip among others.[9] Stalling is the founding Director of Mark Allen Everett Poetry Reading Series at and the US-China Poetry Dialog held each year at the University of Oklahoma and Beijing University. Stalling was also the curator of the Poetics of Invention, an exhibition that explores the relationship of English and Chinese phonology through a reimagining of English in China over a 1000-year period.[10]


Stalling is a founding Editor of Chinese Literature Today[3] magazine (Routledge) and CLT book series (University of Oklahoma Press) and is a co-editor of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry (Fordham),[11] By The River: Contemporary Chinese Novellas (Oklahoma),[12] and Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers: An Anthology (Cambria).[13]

Research and scholarship[edit]

Stalling is the author of the monograph Poetics of Emptiness: Transformations of Asian Thought in American Poetry (Fordham) and has published various articles and book chapters on topics ranging from transpacific poetry, translation studies, and interlanguage art and poetics.[14] More recently Stalling has begun to focus more on Second Language Acquisition theory and applied linguistics and has a forthcoming book (in collaboration with the Psycholinguist Liu Nian) introducing his methodology known as Pinying.[15]


Stalling is the translator of Winter Sun: Poety of Shi Zhi (1966-2005) which was a finalist for the National Translation Award and has published multiple translations of the poet Zheng Xiaoqiong.[16]


Stalling is the inventor of the Stalling Chinese Character Phonetic Transcription System (思道林汉字音标) which is available as an iPhone app called Pinying, which won the Outstanding Inventor Award from the Ronnie K Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth in 2016.[citation needed] Stalling also created the English Jueju form of poetry and oversees the English Jueju prize held in conjunction with the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature.[citation needed] Stalling has given two TEDx Talks on interlanguage invention and his work was featured in an exhibition entitled “Poetics of Invention” at the University of Oklahoma Bizzell Memorial Library from 2017 to 2018 and at the University of Missouri Kansas City Library from 2018 to 2019.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Stalling". Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  2. ^ a b "Chinese Literature Translation Archive". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  3. ^ a b c "Chinese Literature Today | The University of Oklahoma's biannual magazine of Chinese literature". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  4. ^ "University of Oklahoma Press". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Stalling". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  6. ^ Jonathan., Stalling (2011). Yingelishi : sinophonic English poetry and poetics. Denver: Counterpath Press. ISBN 9781933996233. OCLC 707725975.
  7. ^ Stalling, Jonathan (26 Jul 2016). Lost Wax: Translation Through the Void. Hawaii: Tinfish Press.
  8. ^ "Counterpath – Yingelishi Jonathan Stalling". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  9. ^ "Howard Goldblatt Collection | University of Oklahoma Libraries". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  10. ^ "Poetics of Invention". Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  11. ^ Fenollosa, Ernest (1964) [1936]. The Chinese written character as a medium for poetry. Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. San Francisco: City Lights Books. ISBN 978-0872860148. OCLC 2274522.
  12. ^ Laughlin, Charles A; Liu, Hongtao; Stalling, Jonathan (2016). By the river : seven contemporary Chinese novellas. Norman. ISBN 9780806154046. OCLC 949865904.
  13. ^ Contemporary Taiwanese Women Writers: An Anthology. Cambria Press. March 23, 2018. ISBN 978-1604979558.
  14. ^ Stalling, Jonathan. Poetics of emptiness : transformations of Asian thought in American poetry (1st ed.). New York. ISBN 9780823241835. OCLC 712990679.
  15. ^ "Pinying". (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  16. ^ Shizhi (2012). Winter sun : poems. Stalling, Jonathan. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 9780806142418. OCLC 746154049.

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