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Her most recent book of poetry, Ten Thousand Waves, brings us the voices of Chinese farmers and factory laborers, immigrants, revolutionaries, writers, artists and craftsmen.

She has a unique gift for telling small stories with powerful emotional effects.

Wang Ping 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 M.F.A. from Long Island University (LIU) and Ph.D. from New York University (NYU).

Her books include three collections of poetry, The Magic Whip, Of Flesh & Spirit, and Ten Thousand Waves; the cultural study Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China; the novel Foreign Devil; two collections of fiction stories entitled American Visa and The Last Communist Virgin; and a book of Chinese folk lore, The Dragon Emperor. She is also the editor and co-translator of the anthology New Generation: Poetry from China Today and co-translator of Flames by Xue Di.

The Last Communist Virgin was winner of the 2008 Minnesota Book Awards in the category of Novel & Short Story and the 2007 Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies in the category of Poetry/Prose. The Magic Whip was a 2004 finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and received an honorable mention from the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. 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. American Visa was awarded Book for the Teen Age by the NYC Public Library.

Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry, and her publications have been translated into Japanese, German, Danish, and other languages.

She is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Loft Literary Center, the McKnight Foundation and Bush Foundation. She was a recipient of the LIU Distinct Alumna Award, Immigrant of Distinction Award, Lannan Foundation Art Residency, Vermont Art Studio Residency, and many others.

She is also a photographer and film maker, public performance and installation artist. Her multimedia exhibitions include "Behind the Gate: After the Flood of the Three Gorges", "All Roads to Lhasa: The Qinghai-Tibet Railroad", and "We Are Water: Kinship of Rivers". She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a professor of English at Macalester College and founder of Kinship of Rivers project.

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