Alai

Alai, འ་ལེ།,  was born to Tibetan peasant parents in Maerkang, Sichuan Province, in 1959. In 1980, he graduated from Maerkang Normal College and began teaching. He published his first collection of poetry in 1990. He now concentrates on writing fiction and lives in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, where he works on the staff of the magazine Science Fiction World (Kehuan shijie). His poems included here appeared in Listening to Tibet (Lingting xizang), published by Yunnan Renmin Chubanshe (Yunnan People’s Publishing Co.) in China in 1999. Their translations by Herbert Batt, in English titled “The Grassland Sings Itself” and “The Wolf”, first appeared in Manoa. As with all of our other translations, we reproduce them with the permission of the translator.