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Poetry Panel

This panel features three American poets exploring China in ways that go beyond 20th century modes of engagement. Eschewing romanticisations of a Chinese past, whether “ancient,” “classical,” or even the very recent globalised “China, Inc.,” artist and poet Jen Bervin combines innovative installation art and deep research to create her sophisticated work. Chinese-American poet and book artist Jen Hyde’s debut collection Hua Shi Hua emerges from her time living and working in Shanghai while reflecting on her own diasporic roots and on China’s poetic, medicinal and printing traditions. Finally, NYU Shanghai faculty member David Perry’s recent Expat Taxes reflects on the experience of expatriation in a time of globalisation in deepening crisis. Moderated by Wen Jin.

*Please note that tickets will go on sale ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th at 9:00AM and will close the day before the event at 5:00PM. Please also note that all sessions are subject to change without prior notice; all affected parties will be notified.*

Ticket Type Sales End Price
Adult March 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM ¥ 85.00 CNY
Students & Children March 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM ¥ 40.00 CNY

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Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose conceptually driven works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex yet elegantly simple way. Bervin’s work explores acts of reading, writing, listening through the lens of textiles or traditional crafts to facilitate cross-cultural encounter, exchange and feminist critique. Recent major projects include Silk Poems, a poem written nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silk Lab, currently on view in a yearlong exhibition at MASS MoCA.   Jen Bervin’s work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions and she has published nine books, including Nets, The Desert and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems with Marta Werner. Bervin’s work can be found in more than thirty international collections, including Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Stanford University, Yale University and The J. Paul Getty Museum. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Rauschenberg Residency (2016), an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2016) and a Creative Capital Grant (2013) and is currently a SETI Institute Artist in Residence, a program that facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists.

Jen Hyde

Jen Hyde is the author of Hua Shi Hua (华画诗) Drawings & Poems from China (Ahsahta Press, 2017). Written in 2013 with support from a fellowship from NYU Shanghai, Hua Shi Hua explores biracial and Chinese diasporic identities from the perspective of a speaker who draws portraits of Shanghainese people and places and through conversations with Classic Chinese poets. Ultimately, the speaker of these poems discovers that the rendering of others is a rendering of the self, who is always just short of feeling like she belongs.

Jen is currently at work on Murmur, a meditation on the overlapping physical body and new body of cardiac research as well as the American mobility, freedom and joy in the lives of the immigrant women who manufactured her bio-prosthetic heart valve. Jen lives and works in Brooklyn, New York where she is a Heart Valve Ambassador for The American Heart Association, a collaborative chapbook publisher for No Dear/Small Anchor, and the Assistant Poetry Editor for The Bellevue Literary Review. She was a 2016 Asian American Writer’s Workshop Margins Fellow.

David Perry

David Perry is the author of four books of poetry: Expat Taxes (Seaweed Salad/French [Concession] Press, 2016), Knowledge Follows (Insurance Editions, 2004), New Years (Braincase Books, 2003) and Range Finder (Adventures in Poetry, 2001). His work has appeared or will be appearing in journals and magazines including The Brooklyn Rail, The Baffler and Breather. He has lived in Shanghai since 2006.

David teaches creative writing and core curriculum writing courses at NYU Shanghai, where he also curates the NYU Shanghai Literary Reading Series. He migrates home to visit friends and family in Kansas City, Missouri and the Bay Area every summer.

For more information on David Perry, please visit his website.

Wen Jin

Wen Jin, Professor of Comparative Literature at East China Normal University. Published Pluralist Universalism with Ohio State University Press in 2012 and currently writes on the novel and the history of emotions. Also writes non-academic essays and poems, most of which can be found on her weibo site (handler 莫水田).