Mike O'Connor is a native of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State. After many years farming in the Dungeness River Valley and logging and treeplanting in the Olympic Mountains, he traveled to Taiwan to begin more than a decade of Chinese studies and work as a journalist. He recently returned to the U.S. and resides with his wife, Ling-hui, in Port Townsend.
O'Connor's books of original poems and translations include The Basin: Life in a Chinese Province and The Rainshadow, both from Empty Bowl (Port Townsend, Washington); When I Find You Again, It Will Be in Mountains and Colors of Daybreak and Dusk, selected poems of Chia Tao (779-843), both from Tangram (Berkeley, California). The Tienanmen Square Poems, O'Connor's translations of original Chinese poems from the 1989 Pro-Democracy Movement, have been published in Chicago Review, Bombay Gin, International Quarterly, and The China Times, et cetera. His translation of the novel Setting Out by Taiwan writer Tung Nien will be published by Pleasure Boat Studio later this year.
Queries and comments are welcome and can be sent to:
535 Reed Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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