Tang Xiaodu(China)
Tang Xiaodu(China)

  A Brief Introduction to Tang Xiaodu

Tang Xiaodu, critic and poet, was born in 1954 in Yizheng, Jiangsu Province. After graduating from the Nanjing University in 1981, he first worked as an editor of the Poetry Monthly in Beijing and now a senior editor at The Writers Publishing House. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association, a council member of the Chinese New Poetry Institute, a research fellow at the New Poetry Research Center, Beijing University, a concurrent professor at the Hainan University.

For over 20 years Tang has mainly devoted himself to researching, criticizing, and compiling the Chinese contemporary poetry, especially poetry of avant-garde. He has published four collections of essays, including Starting Points Anew Constantly (1989),  Tang Xiaodu on Poetry: A Selection (1993), Close- readings on the Masterpieces of the World Modern Poetry (1998), Anthology of Tang Xiaodu's Essays on  Poetry(2001). He translated and published The Art of Novel written by Milan Kundera (1993), and also translated many foreign poets works into Chinese, such as Sylvia Plath, Vaclaw Havel, Czeslaw Milosz, Zbigniew Herbert, Miroslav Holub, etc. He edited and co-edited numerous poetry anthologies and his own work is also anthologized both at home and abroad. He was the recipient of the Wenyi Zhengming Award for Criticism and the Shanhua Award for Literal theory in 1995 and was twicely awarded Modern Writers Review Prize for criticism in 2004 and 2005, etc.

Tang has been a frequent guest to the international poetry conferences and festivals since the mid- 1990s. During 1995 -2002, he made his literal appearances at Leiden University, London University, Brown University, Harvard University and universities in France and Czech.