Eliot Weinberger’s books of literary essays include Angels & Saints, Karmic Traces, Oranges and Peanuts for Sale, An Elemental Thing, and The Ghosts of Birds. His political writings are collected in What I Heard About Iraq and What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles. The author of a study of Chinese poetry translation, 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, he is a translator of the poetry of Bei Dao, the editor of The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, and the general editor of the series Calligrams: Writings from and on China. His work has been translated into over thirty languages, and appears frequently in the London Review of Books. He was born in New York City, where he still lives, and has been publishing with New Directions since 1975.