Event | Lectures and Symposia Ha Jin on the Legendary Poet Li Bai

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Part of National Book Festival Presents

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Part of the June National Book Festival Presents series "Connecting the World With Words"

National Book Award winner Ha Jin discusses his new book, “The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai,” in which he draws on a range of historical and literary sources to weave the life story of the eighth-century Chinese poet Li Bai. Rob Casper, head of the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, will moderate.

Li Bai, also known as Li Po, Li Pai, Li T’ai-po and Li T’ai-pai (701-762), is one of the most acclaimed poets from the so-called Golden Age of Chinese Poetry of the Tang Dynasty. The almost 1,000 poems attributed to him have influenced poets and artists around the world, including American poets Ezra Pound and James Wright.

Author and poet Ha Jin left China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University and eventually pursued creative writing at Boston University. He is the author of several novels, short story collections, volumes of poetry and essays, including “Waiting,” “War Trash,” “Nanjing Requiem,” “Ocean of Words,” “Under the Red Flag” and “Between Silences.” Jin’s honors include a National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, a PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award, an Asian American Literary Award and the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. His latest book of poetry is “A Distant Center.” Jin is currently a professor of English at Boston University.