BackLit Talks Are Back: Highlighting Literature at NYU Shanghai

BackLit Talks
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Hear Chinese author Lijia Zhang sing along to The Carpenters or get the latest on the importance of climate change, poetry, and the anthropocene from New York poet James Sherry. Walk in the footsteps of Italo Calvino with Mexican architect and writer Karina Puente or dive into the topic of identity with American poet Victoria Chang and much more.

In our BackLit Talks series, NYU Shanghai students interview distinguished writers, poets, translators and critics, exploring their creative paths and what drives their craft. The interviews are part of NYU Shanghai’s Literary Reading Series bringing authors from all over the world to campus every semester. To kick off this season, we will be welcoming Andrea Lingenfelter and Wang Yin on October 9.

Watch highlights of last semester’s BackLit Talks below or find the full interviews on YouTube.


American poet Victoria Chang talks about the importance of “the long haul” when it comes to being a writer. She is interviewed by Luc Harper Riesbeck ‘18. Watch the full interview here.   


Lijia Zhang remembers what it was like to be taken out of school at age 16 to work in a factory. NYU global student, João Thomaz Londres ‘18 asks the questions, and the full interview can be watched here.

Karina Puente discusses her Invisible Cities project with NYU global student William Denning. Watch the full interview here.

Daryl Lim Wei Jie shares his advice to young writers in his interview with Haitian Ma ‘18. Watch the full interview here.

James Sherry talks to David Perry, senior lecturer of the writing program at NYU Shanghai, about his visit to China. Watch the full interview here.

Tse Hao Guang talks about form and play with Haitian Ma ‘18. Watch the full interview here.