John Balcom is an award-winning translator of Chinese literature, philosophy, and children’s books. He teaches in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. He is a past president of the American Literary Translators Association and has also served on the Literary Translation Committee of the International Federation of Translators. He is the recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship among other grants. Recent publications include Stone Cell by Lo Fu (Zephyr 2012) and Trees without Wind by Li Rui (Columbia University Press 2012). His translation of Huang Fan’s Zero won the 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Award. He lives in Monterey, California.