Alice Xin Liu was born in Beijing and left for London at the age of seven, returning when she was 21. She is a graduate of Durham University, where she majored in English Literature, but her Chinese cadre grandparents were the main force behind her education.

She has translated poems by Sen Zi for the Copper Canyon Press poetry anthology Push Open the Window: Contemporary Poetry from China and has an ongoing contract with a Chinese publishing house to translate The Letters of Shen Congwen. Her translations have appeared on the website of Granta magazine, Chutzpah!, Asymptote, and Words Without Borders. She translated Han Han's next non-fiction book, compiled by her and her co-translator Joel Martinsen, which will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2015.

Since 2011, Liu has been the Managing Editor of Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, a new English literary journal jointly produced by Paper Republic and People’s Literature.

Last Updated: May 29, 2014

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Shoptalk on Publishing

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Dissecting the 2014 Spring Festival Gala

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