Congratulations to our dear Neil!
Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, and founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. He is also an experienced translator of Chinese poetry with over 150 translations in the last two years. With Ming Di, he co-translated The Book of Cranes (Tupelo 2013) by Zang Di and The Book of Time (Tupelo 2013), an anthology of contemporary Chinese poets. He also served as lead translator for Ming Di’sThe River Merchant’s Wife (Marick 2012). His poems have appeared in Barn Owl Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Drunken Boat, Ninth Letter, Poetry Southeast, Sou’wester, The Southern Review, and many other fine journals. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (poetry & fiction) from UC Riverside and is completing a Ph.D. in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. An experienced instructor, he has taught creative writing workshop classes at UC Riverside and led community poetry workshops for Beyond Baroque, Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, and EngAGE Senior Artists Communities. He has also provided support and coaching for new literary journals and first book poets.
Click here to listen to his poetry! http://rhinopoetry.org/2013/01/05/babbage-departing-turin-by-coach-1840-neil-aitken/