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Yan An
Chen Du
Xisheng Chen


Poetry by the contemporary Chinese poet Yan An.

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Chen Du

Chen Du is a voting member of the American Translators Association and a member of the Translators Association of China. She holds an MS in biophysics from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (SUNY at Buffalo) and a Master’s Degree in radio physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She revised more than eight chapters of the Chinese translation of the biography of Helen Snow, Helen Foster Snow: An American Woman in Revolutionary China. In the United States, her translations have appeared in Columbia Journal, Lunch Ticket, Pilgrimage, The Los Angeles Review. She has published an essay in The Dead Mule and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Levitate, American Writers Review, and elsewhere; her poetry chapbook was published by The Dead Mule online. A set of three poems co-translated by her and Xisheng Chen was a finalist in the 2020 Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts. She is also the author of the book Successful Personal Statements. Find her online at

Xisheng Chen

Xisheng Chen, a Chinese American, is an ESL grammarian, lexicologist, linguist, translator and educator. His educational background includes: top scorer in the English subject in the National College Entrance Examination of Jiangsu Province, a BA and an MA from Fudan University, Shanghai, China (exempted from the National Graduate School Entrance Examination owing to excellent BA test scores), and a Mandarin Healthcare Interpreter Certificate from the City College of San Francisco, CA, USA. His working history includes: translator for Shanghai TV Station, Evening English News, Lecturer at Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, Adjunct Professor at the Departments of English and Social Sciences of Trine University (formerly Tri-State University), Angola, Indiana, notary public, and contract high-tech translator for Futurewei Technologies, Inc. in Santa Clara, California, USA. As a translator for over three decades, he has published a lot of translations in various fields in newspapers and journals in China and abroad. A set of three poems co-translated by him and Chen Du was a finalist in the 2020 Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts.