Ouyang Yu
Foot Notes to Poetry

Ouyang Yu graduated from La Trobe University with a doctoral degree in Australian literature and has had 42 Chinese and English books published in the field of fiction, poetry, literary translation and literary criticism since his arrival in Australia in 1991. His 1st English novel, The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002, Brandl & Schlesinger, Sydney), was short-listed for the 2003 NSW Premier’s Awards and won the Festival Award for Innovation in Writing in the 2004 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts). His first book of creative nonfiction, On the Smell of an Oily Rag: Speaking English, Thinking Chinese and Living Australian, is published by Wakefield Press in early 2008. His 5th book of English poetry, Foreign Matter (2003, Otherland Publishing, Melbourne), won the 2003 Fast Books Prize for Best Poetry in the self-published category in NSW, Australia. His 7th book of English poetry, Listening To, was published by Vagabond Press in early 2006. His 8th book of English poetry, The Kingsbury Tales: a novel, is forthcoming with Brandl & Schlesigner. His 14th book of translation, in Chinese, of Robert McCrum et al’s The Story of English was published in 2005 by Baihua Publishing House in China and his 6th book of English poetry, New and Selected Poems was published by Salt Publishing in London in 2004. His 4th book of Chinese poetry, xiandu (The limit), was published in 2004 in Beijing. His 5th book of Chinese poetry, er du piao liu (Second Drifting) was published in Beijing in late 2005.

His other published translations (17 of them) in Chinese include The Female Eunuch (1991, Lijiang Publishing House, and 2001, Baihua Publishing House, China) and The Whole Woman (2002, Baihua Publishing House, China) by Germaine Greer, The Shock of the New (2003, Baihua Publishing House, China) by Robert Hughes, Capricornia by Xavier Herbert (2004, Chongqing Publishing House, China) and Corpsing by Toby Litt (2006, Shanghai Literature and Arts Publishing House).

Ouyang Yu has been invited to a number of literary festivals, including the Melbourne Writers’ Festival (1992, 1993 and 2000), Sydney Writers’ Festival (1997, 2003 and 2005), Hong Kong International Writers’ Festival (2002), the International Chinese Poetry Festival in Denmark (2004) and Singapore Writers Festival (2005).

Ouyang’s second full-length novel, Loose: a wild history is forthcoming in 2008 in the UK with Bluechrome Publishing.

He is now professor of Australian literature and director of Australian Studies Centre in the English Department, School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Wuhan University, China, as well as visiting professor at Institute of Comparative Literature and Comparative Culture, Nanjing University, China.

From late July to mid-October 2007, he was a writing fellow with Australian National University, Australian Defence Force Academy and University of Canberra in Canberra, Australia. He has been invited by the Australian Ambassador to China to participate in the Australian Writers Week in China in March 2008.

For more information, please visit www.ouyangyu.com.au

Email: youyang@bigpond.net.au or, alternatively, ouyangyu@hotmail.com