Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and came to USA in 1986. She is the founder and
director of the Kinship of Rivers project, a five-year project that builds a sense of
kinship among the people who live along the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers through
exchanging gifts of art, poetry, stories, music, dance and food. She paddles along the
Mississippi River and its tributaries, giving poetry and art workshops along the river
communities, making thousands of flags as gifts and peace ambassadors between the
Mississippi and the Yangtze Rivers. Her publications include Ten Thousand Waves, poetry
book from Wings Press, 2014, American Visa (short stories, 1994), Foreign Devil (novel,
1996), Of Flesh and Spirit (poetry, 1998), The Magic Whip (poetry, 2003), The Last
Communist Virgin (stories, 2007), all from Coffee House, New Generation: Poetry from
China Today, 1999 from Hanging Loose Press, Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, co-translation
with Ron Padgett, 2010 from Zephyr Press. Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China (2000,
University of Minnesota Press, 2002 paperback by Random House) won the Eugene Kayden
Award for the Best Book in Humanities. The Last Communist Virgin won 2008 Minnesota Book
Award and Asian American Studies Award. She had many multi-media exhibitions: “Behind the
Gate: After the Flooding of the Three Gorges” at Janet Fine Art Gallery, and “All Roads
to Lhasa” at Banfill-Lock Cultural Center, and “Kinship of Rivers” at the Soap Factory in
St. Paul and Minneapolis, Great River Museum in Illinois, Fireworks Press at St. Louis,
Great River Road Center at Prescott, Wisconsin, Emily Carr University in Vancouver,
University of California Santa Barbara, and many other places. She collaborated with the
British filmmaker Isaac Julien on Ten Thousand Waves, a film installation about the
illegal Chinese immigration in London. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the
Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota
State Arts Board, the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Vermont
Studio Center Fellowship, and the McKnight Artist Fellowship. 

Journal Articles


Into the Three Gorges, Platte Valley Review (2010)


Morning Cloud, Evening Rain, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly (2010)


Morning Cloud, Evening Rain, Words without Borders: The Online Magazine for International Literature (2008)


Contributions to Books

The Last Communist Virgin, New America: Contemporary Literature for Changing Society (2013)


Writing in Two Tongues, Chinese writers on writing (2010)


Tough Love, Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers (2008)


Tsunami chant, State of the union : 50 political poems (2008)


The Homecoming of an Old Beijing Man, Maps of reconciliation : literature and the ethical imagination (2007)


All Roads to Lhasa: a photo, poetry and video exhibition, Banfill-Lock Cultural Center (2008)

Exhibition which examines the effects of the new railway into Tibet.