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Bill Porter (aka Red Pine)

Bill Porter assumes the pen name Red Pine for his translation work. He was born in Los Angeles in 1943, grew up in the Idaho Panhandle, served a tour of duty in the US Army, graduated from the University of California with a degree in anthropology, and attended graduate school at Columbia University. Uninspired by the prospect of an academic career, he dropped out of Columbia and moved to a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. After four years with the monks and nuns, he struck out on his own and eventually found work at English-language radio stations in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where he interviewed local dignitaries and produced more than a thousand programs about his travels in China. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Copper Canyon Press has published five volumes of Red Pine's Chinese translations, including the best-sellers Taoteching and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain.

   

2010 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize

WESTAF Award in Translation

PEN West Translation Prize


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