Wang Ping and James Lenfestey (2015 Fireside Reading Series)

Wang Ping and James Lenfestey return to the Fireside Series for an exploration of China through poetry and prose. Wang’s latest collection of poetry, Ten Thousand Waves, gives us the voices of Chinese farmers and factory laborers, revolutionaries, writers, artists and craftsmen. Inspired by the work of a T’ang Dynasty poet, Lenfestey chronicles his trek to China’s Han-shan, or Cold Mountain, to pay tribute to the writer who retreated there and took its name in Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain. Wang Ping is the award-winning author of several collections of poetry, essays, and works of fiction, and is a professor in the English Department of Macalester College. James Lenfestey is a former journalist who has also written four collections of poetry and a book of personal essays. Lenfestey is also a finalist for the Memoir & Creative Nonfiction category of the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.