Poet, novelist, and artist Wang Ping was born in 1957 in Shanghai, China. She earned a BA in English from Beijing University before immigrating to the United States in 1985. Ping earned an MA in English from Long Island University and a PhD in comparative literature from New York University. She is the author of over 12 book of poetry, prose, and translation, most recently the poetry collection Ten Thousand Waves (2012) and the short story collection The Last Communist Virgin (2007). Wang's work is deeply rooted in her Chinese ancestry and identity and addresses the complexities of language, culture, and gender.
Wang is the recipient of numerous awards, among them fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the founder and director of the Kinship of Rivers Project and professor of English at Macalester College.