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Fiona Sze-Lorrain & Maureen McLane

Poet and divagator Maureen N. McLane grew up in upstate New York (USA) and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago.  She is the author of four books of poetry: Same Life (FSG 2008), World Enough (FSG, 2010), This Blue (FSG, 2014), Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and most recently Mz N: the serial (FSG, 2016). Her book My Poets (FSG, 2012)—an experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism—was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography.  Currently a professor of English at New York University, she has written poems on “weird life” and two books on British romanticism. 

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is a poet, literary translator, and zheng harpist who writes and translates in English, French, and Chinese.  Her third poetry collection, The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016), is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  Her latest translation, contemporary Chinese poet-scenographer Yi Lu’s Sea Summit (Milkweed, 2016), is shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award.  Also the author of two previous titles, My Funeral Gondola (2013) and Water the Moon (2010), and several translations of contemporary Chinese, Taiwanese, and American poets (such as Mark Strand), she lives in Paris.