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She walks to a table
She walk to table

She is walking to a table
She walk to table now

What difference does it make
What difference it make

In Nature, no completeness
No sentence really complete thought

Language, like woman,
Look best when free, undressed.

Book War
Jerusalem, Jerusalem
Chinese Toilet

Wang Ping Now & Then WANG PING was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years of farming in a mountain village, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the U.S., earning her Ph.D. from New York University.

She is the acclaimed author of the short story collection American Visa, the novel Foreign Devil, the poetry collection Of Flesh & Spirit, the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China, and most recently The Magic Whip, a second collection of poetry.

Wang is also the editor and co-translator of the anthology New Generation: Poetry from China Today, and her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1993 and 1996. She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and in 2003, the Loft Career Initiative and Bush Foundation.

The Magic Whip was a 2004 finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and received an honorable mention from the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and Aching for Beauty was a 2001 Minnesota Book Award finalist and winner of the University of Colorado's Eugene M. Kayden Book Award for "the best book in the humanities published by an American university press."

She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and teaches at Macalester College.

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Recent News
New photos are available from Wang Ping’s trip to London and the greater UK during a project collaboration on a movie installation entitled Small Boats about Chinese Immigrants in London.

Check out a presentation file that Wang Ping created on the topic of Women in Modern China for the University of Chicago International House Spring Colloquium, China and the Future of the World.

See a three-slide animated image of the pieces by Wang Ping for Bombay Gin 32 (ten seconds per frame - continuous scrolling). Image design consulting and development assistance by Jesse Katzman. Bombay Gin is the annual literary journal of Naropa University's Writing and Poetics Department, founded by Anne Waldman and the late Allen Ginsberg in 1974.

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