John Yau

John Yau

About John Yau

John Yau, born June 5, 1950 in Lynn, Massachusetts, is an American poet, art critic, essayist, publisher, curator and academic. John Yau comes from a Chinese family originally from Shanghai who settled in Boston in 1949. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1972 at Bard College and then entered Brooklyn College where he successfully get his Master of Fine Arts in 1977, under the direction of John Ashberry. In 1976, John Yau published his first collection of poems Crossing Canal Street. Alongside his literary activity, he organized various plastic arts exhibitions such as those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, the Queensland Art Gallery in South Brisbane, etc. His texts are also published in magazines such as Jacket, Bomb Magazine, LyrikLine, Hyperallergic, The Boston Review, Art News, Poetry, Art Forum and The Brooklyn Rail.
He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He is one of the outstanding figures of Sino-American writers. In 2002, he was decorated knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Critics recognize the originality of his poetic style, as well as his exploration of the phenomena of ethnic identification and the processes of production of racial stereotypes.

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