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Lucas Klein

Assoc Professor, Chinese
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202

Lucas Klein (PhD Yale) is a father, writer, and translator. He is executive editor of the Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature (Oxford), author of The Organization of Distance (Brill, 2018), co-editor of Chinese Poetry and Translation (Amsterdam, 2019; free download), and translator of Xi Chuan 西川 (New Directions, 2012, 2022), Mang Ke 芒克 (Zephyr, 2018), Li Shangyin 李商隱 (NYRB, 2018), and Duo Duo 多多 (Yale, 2021).

At ASU he teaches classes on modern and premodern Chinese literature, Chinese writing on work/labor and nature/the environment, and translation and meta-sinology.

  • Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University 2010
  • B.A. Literary Studies and Chinese, Middlebury College 2000
Research Interests: 

At any given moment, I am likely translating classical or modern Chinese poetry into English, or else talking or writing about some sort of intersection between classical Chinese poetry, modern Chinese poetry, and translation.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CHI 394Special Topics
SLC 394Special Topics
CHI 501East Asian Humanities
JPN 501East Asian Humanities
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
CHI 322Chinese Literature
CHI 598Special Topics
Honors / Awards: 

2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for Words as Grain: New & Selected Poems by Duo Duo 多多

2013 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prizewinner for Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems of Xi Chuan 西川

2013 Best Translated Book Award shortlist, Notes on the Mosquito: Selected Poems of Xi Chuan 西川