BETHANY, W.Va. – Chinese poet, Huang Xiang, will perform selections of his poetry on March 25 in Wailes Theatre on the Bethany campus. The presentation is sponsored by Bethany's Student Activities Council and the Writers Club. Huang will be performing in Chinese as English translations of his poetry are projected and read in English by Dr. Larry Grimes, Chairman of Bethany College's English Department and advisor to the Writers Club.
The event is free and the public is cordially invited. A reception will follow in the Academic Parlour of Old Main.
Huang is the first writer-in-residence of the grassroots driven City of Asylum/Pittsburgh project. Huang, one of the greatest poets of 20th century China was severely persecuted and spent nearly two decades of his life in re-education through labor camps and communist operated factories and prisons in China. The City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is providing a safe haven for Huang to create poetry and art.
The evening will kick-off at 6 p.m. with Bethany senior, Neil Heard, reading original poetry in Spanish which will be projected and read in English.