John Balcom

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John Balcom is an award-winning translator of Chinese literature, philosophy, and children’s books. He teaches in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. John has conducted translation workshops and has lectured on literary translation in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association and has also served on the Literary Translation Committee of the International Federation of Translators. Current projects include fiction by Nequo Sokluman and poetry by Ya Hsien and Wu Sheng. He lives in Monterey, California.

Interview (The Translator's Relay, on Words Without Borders) here


Book Publications

The Great Flowing River cover

The Great Flowing River

Chi Pang-yuan

July 01, 2018

Dunhuang Dream cover

Dunhuang Dream

Xu Xiaobin

May 01, 2011

All Translations

Novel (3)

Non-fiction (1)

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