Born in 1963 in rural Hubei province, Huang Fan is a leading writer of fiction and poetry, known for his unflinching confrontation of contemporary issues in China with dry humor and dark lyricism. His fictional works include the novels The Eleventh Commandment, The floating colors , Until Youth Disappears, the short story collection, Girls' School Teacher and the essay collection, Chinese Wander. His poetry collections in Chinese include Elegies of Nanjing and Selected Poems of a Decade. When His novel The Eleventh Commandment was serialised in Sina.com.cn's literary section, it received over 3 million hits and was rated one of two “must-read” novels for young people to read. 'Middle Age' was included in One Hundred Poems for One Hundred Years of Modern Poetry, and the editor of United Daily News called him the Mainland poet of most interest to the Taiwanese reader. His prizes include the Writer's Golden Prize for Short Story, the Beijing Literary Prize for Poetry, the Biennial China Houtian Culture and Art Prize 2009-2010: Novel, the Fangcao Biennial Top Ten Prize for Poetry, and the Jinling Literary Prize for Poetry. Huang Fan's works have been translated into English, Italian, German, Greek, French, Japanese, Farsi and Korean.
Canadian-born, Josh Stenberg divides his time between Asia, Europe, and North America. He writes fiction and poetry, and works as an academic, translator and interpreter (Chinese-English, Chinese-French). Recent credits include The Antigonish Review, The Queen's Quarterly, Contemporary Verse 2 and Estuaire.
Cloud, all the theories about this world
City, the entire stock of trouble in this world
Love, embodying all the traits of the moon
Police, taking away some month's dismal expression
Morality, the axiom middle age cannot bear to look back upon, from which
can be derived a wife, labour and smiles
Poetry, a tomb the poet restores all his life
Dust, as long as you keep stirring it up, maybe you'll catch a good break
Loneliness, every sound is like the cry of an injured bird
Freedom, the emptiness which comes after labour and leaves you at a loss
Door, if you open it what then remains certain?
Satisfaction, when nothing belongs to you, there's an end to the pain of loss and gain.
Knife, the simplest, purest kind of dialogue between two people.
Discovery, is just saying what the ancients thought but couldn't discuss
Dialect, some unborn clouds that drifted out from the poet's mind