David Perry

David Perry
Clinical Professor, Writing Program
Office Phone
+86 (21) 20595094

David Perry is a Clinical Professor in the Writing Program at NYU Shanghai, teaching core writing courses and creative writing. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, David taught at the NYU Shanghai Global Academic Center and in the NYU Liberal Studies Core Program, the University of Iowa, St. John’s University, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa in Literary Translation and a BA in English and German from Truman State University. His first collection of poems, Range Finder, was published in 2003 by Adventures in Poetry, and his most recent collection, Expat Taxes, was published in 2016 by Seaweed Salad Editions/French [Concession] Press; chapbook publications include Knowledge Follows (Insurance Editions, 2004) and New Years (Braincase Books, 2003). His translation of Han Bo's《中东铁路》was published in 2019 as China Eastern Railway (Seaweed Salad Editions), and he has edited a new edition of Lu Xun's《野菜》translated by Matt Turner and published as Weeds (Seaweed Salad Editions, 2019). He is the founder and lead curator of the NYU Shanghai Literary Reading Series.



  • MFA, Literary Translation
    University of Iowa


Courses Taught

  • Global Perspectives on Society - Writing Workshop 
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop: Speculative Fictions
  • Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Love and War, Wisdom and Strife: Chinese Poetry in a Global Context
  • Perspectives on the Humanities: The Question of the Anthropocene
  • Perspectives on the Humanities: Mutant Futures - Cultural Transformations and (Re)conceptualizations of Time
  • Perspectives on the Humanities: Planet of the Apes - The Question of the Anthropocene
  • Seminar Topics
  • Topics in Creative Writing: Write → Translate → Publish
  • Writing as Inquiry (Writing II)