Bei Dao [pen name of Zhao Zhenkai }] 1949-

Bei is a major writer and poet of modern China. His poems first appeared in Today , a magazine he co-founded. His works have been translated into over thirty languages, including English translations of his poems in Unlock (2000) and Landscape Over Zero (1996); essays in Blue House (2000) and Midnight's Gate (2005). Bei Dao was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received a number of literary awards. He is currently Professor of Humanities in the Centre for East Asian Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


  • Bodong (Waves) 1985.
  • Kaisuo: Bei Dao 1996-1998 (Lock Opening: Bei Dao 1996-1998) 1999.
  • Lan fangzi (A Blue House) 1998.
  • Zai tianya: Bei Dao Shixuan (All Over the World: Collections of Bei Dao's
       Poetry). 1993.
  • At the sky's edge; poems 1991-1996 (David Hinton; forword by Michael Palmer).
       New York: New Directions, 2001.
  • Blue House (Ted Huters and Feng-Ying Ming). Brooklin, MA: Zephyr Press, 2000.

    Works available in English:

  • Forms of Distance (David Hinton). New York: New Directions Books, 1994.
  • Landscape over Zero (David Hinton with Yinbing Chen). London: Anvil Press Poetry,
  • Midnight's Gate (Matthew Fryslie). New York: New Directions Book, 2005.
  • Old Snow (Bonnie S. Mc Dougall and Chen Maipeng). London: Anvil Press Poetry, 1992.
  • The August Sleepwalker (Bonnie S. Mc Dougall). New York: New Directions Books, 1988.
  • Unlock: poems (Eliot Weinberg and Iona Man Cheong). New York: New Directions
       Books, 2000.
  • Waves: Stories (Bonnie S. Mc Dougall and Susette Ternent Crooke). New York: New
       Directions Books, 1990.