Following the convening of Hong Kong International Poetry Nights 2011, WORDS & THE WORLD is a collection of selected works by some of the most internationally acclaimed poets today. Included are the poems of Tanikawa Shuntar¯o (Japan), Paul Muldoon (Ireland), Tomaž Šalamun (Slovenia), Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Russia), C. D. Wright (USA), Maria Baranda (Mexico), Regis Bonvicino (Brazil), Silke Scheuermann (Germany), Bejan Matur (Turkey), Vivek Narayanan (India) as well as leading Chinese poets such as Xi Chuan, Yu Jian, Yu Xiang, Ling Yu, Chen Ko Hua, Lo Chih Cheng, Tian Yuan, Yao Feng, Wong Leung Wo and Yip Fai. The collection makes a treasured anthology of the finest contemporary poetry in trilingual or bilingual presentation.
Edited by Gilbert Fong, Shelby Chan, Lucas Klein, and Bei Dao, The World of Words twenty-volume set is an extended edition of the single-volume The World of Words. It comprises twenty pocket off-prints encased in a fine paper box, each containing more selected works by one of the internationally renowned poets included in the single volume, accompanied by English and/or Chinese translations. The goal of The World of Words collection is to disseminate and make accessible the best of contemporary international poetry through high quality translations by outstanding translators. Each of the twenty volumes can be purchased separately.
YU JIAN, born in 1954 in Kunming, China, is a poet and film director. He began writing poetry in the early 1970s, influenced both by classical Chinese poetry and modern Western writers such as Walt Whitman. Yu Jian is a major figure among "The Third Generation Poets" who came after the "Misty Poetry" movement of the early 1980s.
A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, RON PADGETT was named Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. In 2009 he received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His translations include The Complete Poems of Blaise Cendrars.
WANG PING's books include two collections of poetry, The Magic Whip and Of Flesh & Spirit, and the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China. Her novel The Last Communist Virgin was winner of the 2008 Minnesota Book Award in the category of Novel and Short Story.