David Perry

David Perry
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+86 (21) 20595094

David Perry is a Lecturer in the Writing Program. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, David taught at the NYU Global Academic Center and in the NYU Liberal Studies Core Program, as well as at 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. He has published poems, translations, and critical writings on contemporary poetry and art in a range of publications. 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. A chapbook publication of his translation of Han Bo's China Eastern Railway is forthcoming in the fall of 2017. He is also the founder and lead curator of the NYU Shanghai Literary Reading Series.

Courses Taught:

  • Perspectives on the Humanities – Planet of the Apes: The Question of the Anthropocene   
  • Topics in Creative Writing/IMA Seminar: Speculative Fictions
  • Writing as Inquiry
  • Topics in Creative Writing: Forms of the Personal Narrative
  • Chinese Poetry in Translation
  • Topics in Creative Writing: Write, Translate, Publish
  • Perspectives on the Humanities – Mutant Futures: Cultural Transformations and (Re)conceptualizations of Time
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Global Perspectives on Society: Writing Workshop


  • MFA, Literary Translation (Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature)

                     University of Iowa, 1997

  • BA, English and German

                     Truman State University, 1993