About Our Contributors
Ann Beattie is the author of 11 novels and
collections of stories: DISTORTIONS, CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER, SECRETS AND
SURPRISES, FALLING IN PLACE, THE BURNING HOUSE, LOVE ALWAYS, WHERE YOULL FIND ME,
PICTURING WILL, WHAT WAS MINE, ANOTHER YOU, and MY LIFE, STARRING
DARA FALCON. She is a member of the Academy of American Arts and Letters. With her
husband, the painter Lincoln Perry, she lives in Maine and Key West.
David Castleman is a product of the turbulent 60s
who has worked as a truck driver and laborer for the same small lumberyard since 1972, where, he writes, "We are paid poorly and treated wretchedly
but the hours are long." With Leo Yankevich, he edits Mandrake Review, which
is published in the United States and Poland. He has published poems, criticism, and
stories since 1967. The stories in this issue will appear in his new
collection, THE WOOD & THE WILDNESS (The Mandrake Press, ul.
Wielkiej Niedzwiedzicy 35/8, 44-117 Gliwice, Poland; U.S.
distrib. The Mandrake Press, P.O. Box 792,
Larkspur, Ca. 94977-0792).
Shi Zhecun, writer and professor, was born in Hangzhou but was brought
up in Shanghai (Songjiang). He studied in Zhijiang University (in Hongzhou), Shanghai
University, and Zhendan University (in Shanghai). He began writing in the universities,
influenced by Guo Moruo and Mao Dun. In 1929 he was editor of Shuimo
Book Store and in 1932, became editor of The Modern, a
monthly published by Modern Publishing House. From 1937 to 1952, he was associate professor and full professor of Yunan University,
Shamen University, Jinan University (in Shanghai), and Hujiang University (in Shanghai).
Since 1952 he has taught in Eastern China Teachers University. As a
writer he has written over fifty stories and a few poems and essays. His chief works
include SHANGYUAN LANTERN (New China Publishing House, 1930), THE HEAD OF A
GENERAL (New China Publishing House, 1932), ON THE EVE OF THE RAINY SEASON (New China
Publishing House, 1933), and COLLECTED ESSAYS: UNDER THE LAMP
(Kaimin Bookstore, 1937).
Viriditas Digitalis is a book
editor and reviewer who ought to have better things to write about than gardening, but
Zuxin Ding, translator, was educated in the Foreign Languages
department of Guanghua University, Shanghai (1947-49), and the
English Department, Beijing Foreign Languages Institute (1949-53).
Self-taught, having been a worker, he was assigned briefly to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs but was dismissed. Since 1956, he has taught at Liaoning
University. During the Cultural Revolution he was removed from his position; in 1979, he was reinstated and in 1983, made professor
of English. Since 1982, he has been visiting professor at the
University of Denver (US) and Kassel University (Germany), and,
during three visits, has lectured at various colleges and universities in the US. He has written about Yeats, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, Auden, Lowell,
Larkin, Hughes; has published four books (in addition, an anthology of Chinese poetry from
1000BC to 1995, in English, is
With Burton Raffel, he is the co-translator of GEMS OF CHINESE POETRY
(Liaoning University Press, 1986). He is Professor of English at Liaoning
University, Shenyang. His daughter lives in the United States.