“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

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Chen Xianfa

陈先发

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Chen Xianfa was born in 1967 and graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai in 1989. He has published several books of poetry and prose, including Death in Springtime, A Past Life, and the novel Soul-Stealing Opera. He’s received well over a dozen domestic poetry prizes, including the October Poetry Prize, the 2008 Poet of the Year Award, and Fudan University’s Award for Literary Achievement. His works have been translated into English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Greek. A selection of his poems appeared in the Autumn 2013 edition of Pathlight.