Nick Admussen is an associate professor of Chinese literature and culture at Cornell University, a translator, and a poet. He is the author of Recite and Refuse: Contemporary Chinese Prose Poetry (U of Hawaii Press, 2016), the translator of Ya Shi’s poetry collection Floral Mutter (Zephyr, 2020), and the author of the prose poetry collection Stand Back, Don’t Fear the Change (New Michigan Press, 2019). He was a 2016 Chiang Ching-Kuo fellow, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and has been anthologized in Best Small Fictions and Best New Poets. His current research is into stricture in Chinese poetry and American culture.


Recite and Refuse: Contemporary Chinese Prose Poetry. Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2016.

“Embodiment in the Translation of Chinese Poetry,” in Chinese Poetry and Translation: Rights and Wrongs, Maghiel van Crevel and Lucas Klein, eds. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019, p. 113-134.

“Virus as Hermeneutic: from Gu Cheng to Xie Ye,” in positions: asia critique, vol. 27 no. 4, November 2019, p. 687-712.

Network Analysis as Modernist Intervention: the Case of Chinese Poetry Readings, Chinese Poetic Modernisms, eds. Paul Manfredi and Christopher Lupke. Leiden: Brill, 2019, p. 261-282.

“Forms of World Literature and the Taipei Poetry Festival,” in the Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, no. 14.2/15.1 (Winter 2017-Summer 2018), p. 213-244.

Genre Occludes the Creation of Genre: Bing Xin, Tagore, and Prose Poetry, in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures, eds. Andrea Bachner and Carlos Rojas. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, p. 578-596.

“The Poetics of Hinting in Wild Grass,” in the Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, vol. 11 no. 2, Spring 2014, p. 80-109.

“Trading Metaphors: Chinese Prose Poetry and the Reperiodization of the Twentieth Century,” in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 22 no. 2, Fall 2010, p. 88-129.

“A Music for Baihua: Lu Xun, Wild Grass, and ‘A Good Story,'” in Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews no. 31, 2009, p. 1-22.

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