“Bei Dao uses words as if he were fighting for his life with them.... [He] has found a way to speak to all of us.” — Jonathan Spence (The New York Times Book Review)
“Bei Dao’s writing provides ample evidence of the written word’s potential to effect political change.” — Andrew Ervin (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“His poems are intense, elegant and impressionistic.” — Dwight Garner (The New York Times Arts Beat)
About the Author
Bei Dao, born in Beijing in 1949, has traveled and lectured around the world. He has received numerous international awards for his poetry, and is an honorary member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Bei Dao, now a U.S. citizen, is currently Professor of Humanities in the Center for East Asian Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN’s first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America’s first literary writer to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.