John Balcom

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California; past President, American Literary Translators Association

John Balcom (co-chair) is a translator of Chinese literature. He is the recipient of a 2005 Literature Translation Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and writes frequently on the subject of translation; his “Translating Modern Chinese Literature” appeared as a chapter in the recently published The Translator as Writer, edited by Susan Bassnett and Peter Bush. Recent publications include Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry (contributor), Wintry Night by Li Qiao (co-translator), The City Trilogy by Chang His-kuo, Taiwan’s Indigenous Writers: An Anthology of Stories, Essays, and Poems, which has received the 2006 Northern California Book Award. Dr. Balcom holds a B.A. in history from California State University, Fullerton, a B.A. in Chinese from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, an M.A. in Chinese from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in Chinese and comparative literature from Washington University, St. Louis. He is accompanied by his wife, Yingtsin Balcom.

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