Her most recent book of poetry, My Name Is Immigrant, is a song for the plight and pride of immigrants around the globe. Whether they pull up their roots to flee war, the rising sea or drought, for religious freedom and freedom of speech, or simply to seek a better life, immigrants are the frontiers of civilization. Read more...
Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years farming in a mountain village during the Cultural Revolution, mostly self-taught with little prior formal education available, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to study in the U.S., earning her master's degree from Long Island University and Ph.D. from New York University.
Her books include four collections of poetry, The Magic Whip, Of Flesh & Spirit, Ten Thousand Waves, and My Name Is Immigrant; 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; a book of Chinese folk lore, The Dragon Emperor; and a book of creative nonfiction, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi.
She is also the editor and co-translator of the anthology New Generation: Poetry from China Today, co-translator of Flames by Xue Di, and co-translator of Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian.
Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi won the 2017 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction. The Last Communist Virgin won 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 won 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, performance and multimedia 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.