Notes on the Mosquito
New Directions

The 2013 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize winner is Lucas Klein for his translation of Notes on the Mosquito.

Lucas Klein is a writer, translator and editor of CipherJournal.com. His translations, poems, essays and articles have appeared in such publications as Two Lines, Drunken Boat, Jacket, Rain Taxi and PMLA. A graduate of Middlebury College and Yale University, he is assistant professor in the School of Chinese at the University of Hong Kong. He is currently translating Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin and contemporary poet Mang Ke.

“Klein’s volume is the most deserving of the prize by virtue of the quality of many of the translations and the caliber of the poems they represent,” said the Stryk Prize committee. “Judging from this collection, Xi Chuan is clearly a major poetic voice whose formal versatility and relentlessly unswerving insights into the often grim but fascinating here and now of China’s comédie humaine represent a significant contribution to Chinese letters and are well-deserving of a Western readership.”

Klein’s acceptance speech is available at his blog.

Lucas Klein