Lucas Klein

Contributor and Guest Editor

Lucas Klein — a former radio DJ and union organizer — is a writer, translator, and editor of Cipher Journal. His translations, essays and poems have appeared or are forthcoming at Two Lines, Jacket, and Drunken Boat, and he has regularly reviewed books for Rain Taxi and other venues. A graduate of Middlebury College (BA) and Yale University (PhD), he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese, Translation & Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong. Endure, a small collection of Bei Dao 北島 poems translated with Clayton Eshleman, is now out from Black Widow Press, and his translations of Xi Chuan 西川 are forthcoming from New Directions. He is also at work translating Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin 李商隱.


  • Issue #14 (July 2011): Five Sections from Thirty Historical Reflections [Read]
  • Issue #22 (December 2013): Guest Editor  [forthcoming]
  • Issue #22 (December 2013): Make It New [Read]
  • Issue #22 (December 2013): Reading The Records of the Grand Historian in Cadboro Bay, Victoria, Canada. September, 2009 [Read]
  • Issue #22 (December 2013): Walking by the Hongjiang Ancient Commercial City in Western Hunan. July, 2010 [Read]
  • Issue #31 (March 2016): Street [Read]
  • Issue #31 (March 2016): Even After Death We Grow Old [Read]
  • Issue #31 (March 2016): Late Years [Read]
  • Issue #31 (March 2016): Taken as Strictly True: Neuroscience and Sinology in Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens [Read]