Ideas of the Future: Building Relations
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China Australia Literary Forum 5
Ideas of the Future: Building Relations
The China Australian Literary Forum (CALF) brings writers, critics and publishers from Australia and China together in dialogue about literature and cultural translation.
Featuring delegates from China and Australia in a series of panels followed by selected readings in the evening. Themes of the program include: Worlds of the Future, Ecology and Environment, Economies and Networks, and Building Relationships.
CALF 5 is co-hosted by the Writing and Society Research Centre, the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, and the China Writers Association, sponsored by the ARC for the Other Worlds: Forms of World Literature Discovery Project.
Associate Professor Justin Clemens, School of Culture and Communication
Associate Professor Justin Clemens
School of Culture and Communication
The University of Melbourne
**Justin Clemens** is Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His publications include *Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy* (Edinburgh UP 2013) and, with A.J. Bartlett and Jon Roffe, *Lacan Deleuze Badiou* (Edinburgh UP 2014). With Tom Ford, he is currently working on a book about Barron Field, the colonial Australian judge and poet.
Dr Xiang Ren, Institute for Culture and Society
Dr Xiang Ren
Institute for Culture and Society
University of Western Sydney
**Dr Xiang Ren** is a researcher and experienced publisher, working on the digital and open transformation of publishing and knowledge systems. He holds a position of Academic Course Advisor of Master of Chinese Cultural Relations and Research Fellow in the AustraliaChina Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University, where he researches and teaches on various aspects of Chinese media and culture. His research interests include: Chinese digital publishing and writing, open access, creative industries, and media globalisation. He has published widely on relevant topics. Dr Ren completed his PhD in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at Queensland University of Technology, receiving the University's outstanding doctoral thesis award. This was followed by a research fellowship in the Australian Digital Futures Institute where he conducted conceptual and designbased research on open publishing and open scholarship. He is an active advocate of open access and digital publishing innovation and has led and participated in many research and innovation projects in these fields in Australia and China. Prior to his academic career, he spent more than a decade working in the Chinese publishing and media industries as senior editor and sales director. He is also a published fiction author in Chinese.
Sam Cooney, Publisher-in-Residence
**Sam Cooney** runs the notforprofit literary organisation TLB Society Inc, which produces quarterly literary magazine *The Lifted Brow*, publishes books under its Brow Books imprint, posts regular commentary and criticism online, stages events, runs writing prizes, and more. He is most interested in acts of publishing that are artistically daring and culturally critical – especially works produced by those from the literary and/or demographic margins. Sam is the official PublisherinResidence at RMIT University, and teaches creative writing and publishing subjects at RMIT and University of Melbourne. He's also taught at Deakin University and Victoria University. He is the Chair of the RMIT Creative Writing Program Advisory Committee.
Dr Kate Fagan, Senior Lecturer
Dr Kate Fagan
University of Western Sydney
**Dr Kate Fagan** is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and a member of the WSU Writing and Society Research Centre. She founded the WSU Poetry and Poetics Project within the Centre, and codirects it with Dr Ben Etherington. She is a former EditorinChief of *How2*, the established U.S.based journal of contemporary and modernist innovative poetry and poetics. Her current research interests include contemporary poetry and poetic theory; Australian poetry and literature; experimental poetics and narratologies; critical theorisation of links between poetic form and ontology; and crossings between poetics and contemporary music. She was a coconvenor of the 2016 'Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry' Conference at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also an internationally recognised poet and songwriter whose third collection of poetry *First Light* (Giramondo, 2012) was shortlisted for both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and The Age Book of the Year Award. Her album *Diamond Wheel* won the National Film and Sound Archive Award for Folk Recording. Current research projects include an extended study of Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann; research into the poetics of archives; a booklength manuscript of poems called *Song in the Grass*; a collection of essays on contemporary Australian poetry and poetics; and a coedited collection of essays emerging from the "Active Aesthetics" conference (with Dr Ann Vickery, Deakin).
Dr Lisa Gorton, Poet and Novelist
Dr Lisa Gorton
Poet and Novelist
**Lisa Gorton** is a poet and novelist, essayist and reviewer. She studied literature at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford. After winning the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize she travelled in Ireland for six months and went to study at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. There, she completed a Masters in Renaissance Literature and Doctorate on John Donne, and received the John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication in Donne studies. During her studies, Lisa worked as a visiting tutor at Rhodes University, South Africa. Her first poetry collection *Press Release* won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; her second, *Hotel Hyperion* was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. Her novel *The Life of Houses* was the cowinner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. She is the author of *Cloudland*, a novel for children.
Dr James Ley, Literary Critic and Editor
Dr James Ley
Literary Critic and Editor
Sydney Review of Books
James Ley holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney. He has been a professional literary critic for fifteen years. His work has appeared in many publications, including *the Age*, *the Australian*, *the Sydney Morning Herald*, *Australian Book Review* and *the Times Literary Supplement*. He is editor of the *Sydney Review of Books.*
Professor David McCooey, Faculty of Arts and Education
Professor David McCooey
Faculty of Arts and Education
**David Mccooey** is an international expert in Australian literary studies. His areas of speciality are autobiography and poetry. His *Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography* was published by Cambridge University Press in 1996, the same year that the book was awarded a NSW Premiers Literary Award. His publications on poetry include the *Contemporary Poetry chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature* (2000), the Poetry: 19702005 chapter in *The Companion to Australian Literature* (2007), and the 'Autobiography' chapter in *The Cambridge History of Australian Literature*. David has also written numerous essays and reviews for scholarly and general publications such as *Criticism, Biography, Southerly, Meanjin, Westerly, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and JASAL*. David has also written Introductions to *30 Australian Poets* (UQP, 2011) and *Rosemary Dobson Collected* (UQP, 2012). His first book of poetry, *Blister Pack* was published internationally by Salt Publishing in 2005. *Blister Pack* won the Mary Gilmore Award (for a first book of poetry). A finepress chapbook, *Graphic: Two Sequences*, appeared in 2010. His second fulllength collection, *Outside*, was published by Salt Publishing in 2011. His poetry has also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including *The Age, Southerly, Australian Book Review, The Best Australian Poems* and *The Best Australian Poetry 2007*. In 2013 he was the first Poetry Editor of *Australian Book Review*.
Felicity Castagna, Author
**Felicity Castagna** is the author of the multi awardwinning novel *The Incredible Here and Now*, and its stage adaptation which premiered at The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. Her collection of short stories *Small Indiscretions* was named an ABR book of the year. Her work has appeared on ABC Radio and TV as well as in national journals and newspapers. Her latest book *No More Boats* was shortlisted for The Miles Franklin Award and is forthcoming in the US and UK. She runs the storytelling series Studio Stories and is the program director for the Western Sydney women’s writers mentorship scheme, Finishing School.
Yan Jingming, Vice President
Chinese Writers Association
**Yan Jingming** is a literary critic, the vice president of China Writers Association. His area of research is the study and literary criticism of contemporary Chinese literature. He obtained his MA degree on Lu Xun and the History of Chinese Contemporary Literature. How books include *Strategies of Literary Criticism, Monologue and Dialogue, I Wish Novels Unstoppable, Telling of All, Lu Xun’s Vision on Culture, Lu Xun and Chen Xiying, Viewpoints in Art Circles, Lu Xun is Still Alive, The Glimmering of Words.* He has edited numerous publications including *Collections of Lu Xun’s Speeches* and *A New Edition of Lu Xun’s Maxim.* He has won many prizes including the Second Feng Mu Literary Prize for Young Critics.
Dong Xi, President
Guangxi Writers Association
**Dong Xi** was originally named Tian Dailin, born in Guangxi in 1966. He is the president of Guangxi Writers Association and the director of Creation Center of Guangxi University for Nationalities. His novels include *Loud Slap, Regrets* and *Fate being Changed*; novellas include *Life without Words, Our father* and *Out of Court.* His works have been translated into English, French, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, German, Italian and Thai. His work has also been adapted into TV plays. His work has received numerous awards including the 1st Session of Lu Xun Literature Prizes, Best Artistic Contribution Award of the 15th Tokyo International Film Festival, Annual Novelist in 2005 of the 4th Session of Chinese Media Festival, Annual Award of Selection of Novels.
Long Yi, Vice President
Tianjin Municipal Writers Association
**Long Yi** was born in Tianjin in 1961and graduated from Chinese College of Nankai University, and has dedicated himself to novel writing. He is the member of National Committee of China Writers Association, vice president of Tianjin Municipal Writers Association, professional writer of Literature College. He has published many works such as novel *Earth Province, Cooking Love, Borrowing Gun, Contact, Scheme, Dark Fire, Code Name*; novel collections *Hidden Spy, Assassin, Happy New Year, Cook* and *Novelist* as well as a theoretical monograph *Tactics of Novel.* *Borrowing Gun, Code Name* and *Hidden Spy* has been adapted into TV plays.
Li Guoping, Vice President
Shaanxi Provincial Writers Association
**Li Guoping** was born in 1960, he received his M.A. from College of Chinese in Northwest University. He is a member of National Committee of China Writers Association, vicechairman of Chinese Novel Association, vice president of Shaanxi Provincial Writers Association, editorinchief of *Criticism of Novel* and Ph.D. supervisor of Northwest University. Li Guoping has worked in proofing and the editing business of literary journals for many years. He works on literary criticism and has published some works such as *Critical Biography of Lu Yao* and *Marks from afar.*
Ying Hong, Editor in Chief
Editor in Chief
People’s Literature Publishing House
**Ying Hong** was born in Zhejiang Province, and graduated from Communication University of China. She has worked at China National Radio, *Literature and Art News* and Writers Publishing House and now she is the editorinchief of People’s Literature Publishing House. She has editorially published a large number of works written by Chinese writers, which received a wide influence as well as many national book awards. She mainly writes prose and essays.
Zheng Xiaoqiong, Poet
**Zheng Xiaoqiong** was born in 1980 in Nanchong, Sichuan. In 2001 she left home to work in Dongguan, Guangdong, and began writing poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in various literary journals, including *Poetry*, *Flower City*, and *People’s Literature*. She has published over ten collections of poetry, including *Women Workers*, *Jute Hill*, *Zheng Xiaoqiong Selected Poems*, *Thoroughbred Plant, Rose Manor*. Her work has won numerous awards and been translated into many languages, including German, English, French, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Turkish.
Xia Jia, Novelist
Xi’an Jiaotong University
**Xia Jia** (a.k.a **Wang Yao**) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University, and a visiting scholar at University of California, Riverside from 2018 to 2019. Her academic anthology on contemporary Chinese science fiction *Coordinates of the Future* was published in 2019. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published a fantasy novel *Odyssey of China Fantasy: On the Road* (2010), as well as three science fiction collections *The Demon Enslaving Flask* (2012), *A Time Beyond Your Reach* (2017) and *Xi’an City Is Falling Down* (2018). In English translation, she has been published in Clarkesworld and other venues. Her first story written in English, *Let’s Have a Talk,* was published in *Nature* in 2015. Her first English anthology *A Summer Beyond Your Reach: Stories* is upcoming in November 2019. She is also engaged in other science fiction related works, including academic research, translation, screenwriting, editing and creative writing teaching.