Novelist and Poet Wang Ping to Present at UNK Sandhill Cranes Migration Festival Closing Ceremony Friday, Apr

Alison Hedge Coke
Reynolds Endowed Chair, 308.865.8672

UNK- Novelist and poet Wang Ping from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., will be the featured presenter at the closing ceremony for the Sandhill Cranes Migration Festival on Friday, April 3, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The ceremony, a part of the UNK Reynolds Writers and Readers series, will take place at  7 p.m. in the UNK Fine Arts Building Choral Room. The program is free and open to the public.

Ping, who is of Chinese descent, will read from her works, including “The Last Communist Virgin” and “Foreign Devil” (novels), “The Magic Whip” and “Of Flesh & Spirit” (poetry), “American Visa” (short stories), “New Generation: Poems from China Today” (anthology), “Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China” (cultural study), “The Dragon Emperor” (Chinese folklore, children’s literature) and “Flames by Xue Di” (translations by Wang Ping & Keith Waldrop).

Her work has earned her multiple recognitions including the Bush Artist award, a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, the Loft Career Initiative Grant, Minnesota Book Awards, Associate for Asian American Studies Book Award, Eugene M. Kayden Book Award, New York Public Libraries, Best Book for Young Adults, as well as teachers and writers collaborative residencies.

Ping is a member of Lannan Residency Program and has worked as a writer and photographer. She has covered China’s megaprojects–the Three Gorges Dam, the Qinghai-Tibet plateau development and water diversion efforts.

Currently, she is an associate professor of creative writing at Macalester College.