BiographyNa Ye 娜夜 is an ethnic Manchu poet in China. While her family was originally from Niaoning province, northeast China, she grew up in West China where Chinese Muslims live. After graduating from the Chinese department of Nanjing University, she went back to the west, Lanzhou city, to work as a journalist. She writes in the Chinese language as Han Chinese is taught in schools all over the country and most of the ethnic minorities are assimilated culturally and linguistically, especially Manchus and Muslims. Manchu language is one of the dying languages in the world.
Recently she’s relocated to Chongqing City in central China, still very quiet. Over the years she has won both of the two major awards for poetry in China, People’s Literature Award and Lu Xun Award. While these government awards have been notorious in China, Na Ye as a mainstream but quiet poet has never been controversial. She is well respected by the avant garde circles. Her poems speak of universal themes in simple, contracted syntax.
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