Jeffrey Yang was born in 1974 in Escondido, California. He is the author of the poetry books Vanishing-Line (2011) and An Aquarium (2008, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award), both published by Graywolf Press.

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Jeffrey Yang was born in 1974 in Escondido, California. He is the author of the poetry books Vanishing-Line (2011) and An Aquarium (2008, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award), both published by Graywolf Press.

An Aquarium was published by Berenberg Verlag in Germany in 2012, with a preface by Eliot Weinberger.

Recently, one poem from Vanishing-Line was chosen to be a part of New York City’s Poetry in Motion program where it has been displayed in the city’s subways, trains, and taxis. His poems have been translated into seven languages. For the past twelve years Yang has worked as an editor at New Directions Publishing, and has edited two anthologies for the publishing house—Time of Grief: Mourning Poems and Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions.

He is the translator of Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies, Su Shi’s East Slope, and the collection of Tang and Song poems, the Qian Jia Shi, titled Rhythm 226. With the translator Natasha Wimmer, he edited the annual anthology of world literature, Two Lines: Some Kind of Beautiful Signal. Yang also works as an editor at New York Review Books, where he helped start their new NYRB/Poets series.