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Atlantic Lecturer John Yau

Our Atlantic Lecturer John Yau will be holding his talk on Zoom (ID 83236762007) next Wednesday, April 20 at 5:00 pm. Please join us!

A noted poet, art critic and curator, John Yau has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, art criticism and artists’ books. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1950 to Chinese emigrants, Yau attended Bard College and earned an MFA from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has received multiple honors and awards for his work including a New York Foundation for the Arts Award, the Jerome Shestack Award, and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France. Yau has taught at many institutions, including Pratt, the Maryland Institute College of Art and School of Visual Arts, Brown University, and the University of California-Berkeley. In poems that frequently pun, trope, and play with the English language, Yau offers complicated, sometimes competing versions of the legacy of his dual heritages—as Chinese, American, poet, and artist. In 1999, he started Black Square Editions, a small press devoted to poetry, fiction, translation, and art criticism. Since 2004 he has been the Arts editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He teaches Art History at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University, and lives in New York City.

John Yau