Sheltered Garden: Women Poets in China

Yi Lei
(China, 1951–2018)
By Tracy K. Smith Yi Lei (伊蕾), born Sun Gui-zhen in Tianjin, China in 1951, was one of the most influential figures of Chinese poetry in the 1980s. Sent to the countryside to work on a farm in 1969, she two years later became a reporter for the Liberation Army and a staff member of the newspaper The Railway Corps. Yi Lei studied creative writing at the Lu Xun Academy, and earned a BA in Chinese Literature from Peking University. In 1991, she moved to Moscow, where she lived and wrote for a number of years. She has published eight collections of poems, among them A Single Woman’s Bedroom, …


Jike Bu
(China, 1986)
By Ming Di Jike Bu (吉克·布) is the first woman with a master’s degree in her hometown, the (Big and Small) Cold Mountains region in the Yi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwestern China, and the first woman teaching art in the only college in her hometown, Xichang College. Her name is written as ꐙ ꈌ · ꁬ in her native Yi language. What strikes me first is the lyrical voice of a young woman from a region that’s being talked about often, though with hardly any details. Here is a real person speaking to us, telling us about common flowers and the common names for women …


Li Suo
(China, 1986)
By Henry Zhang Li Suo (里所) is a young poet who spent her childhood and juvenile years in the Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northeast China. She is currently the poetry editor at Xiron Publishing House in Beijing. Suo holds degrees from Xi’an International Studies University and Beijing Normal University. She mingles with the Spoken Language Circle of poets but writes in her own style, a mixture of intellectual meditation and fairy tales. 



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Chinese-English bilingual magazine (will include more languages), published in Los Angeles USA, printed in Beijing China. ISSN 2159-2772

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