Born in New York City, Arthur Sze is a second-generation Chinese American. Educated at the University of California, Berkeley,
Sze is the author of nine books of poetry, including Compass Rose (2014);The Ginkgo Light (2009); Quipu (2005); The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 (1998); and Archipelago (1995). His other collections include River River (1987); Dazzled (1982); Two Ravens (1976; revised, 1984); and The Willow Wind (1972; revised, 1981).
He is also a celebrated translator from the Chinese, and released The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese in 2001.
His honors include the Jackson Poetry Prize, an American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, a Western States Book Award for Translation, three grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and fellowships from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
He has served as Visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University, a Doenges Visiting Artist at Mary Baldwin College and has conducted residencies at Brown University, Bard College, and Naropa University. Sze was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2012, and is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He was the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives.