Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

John Balcom


John Balcom, PhD.  Dr. Balcom is a translator of Chinese literature.  Recent publications include Frontier Taiwan: An Anthology of Modern Chinese Poetry (contributor), Wintry Night by Li Qiao (co-translator), The City Trilogy by Chang His-kuo, Taiwan’s Indigenous Writers: An Anthology of Stories, Essays, and Poems, which has received the 2006 Northern California Book Award.  He recently completed translations of Driftwood, a book-length poem by Lo Fu, as well as an anthology of Buddhist literature (pre-Han to the present).  He is the recipient of a 2005 Literature Translation Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Professor Balcom also writes frequently on the subject of translation; his “Translating Modern Chinese Literature” appeared as a chapter in the recently published The Translator as Writer, edited by Susan Bassnett and Peter Bush.


As President of the American Literary Translators Association and a member of the Literary Translation Committee of the International Federation of Translators, Professor Balcom sees translation as central to his life, both as a practitioner and as a teacher of the art.


Translation of Chinese and English


PhD, Chinese and Comparative Literature, Washington University, St. Louis; MA, Chinese, San Francisco State University; BA, Chinese, Monterey Institute of International Studies; BA, History, California State University, Fullerton

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