Dancing with the Dead: The Essential Red Pine translations

Translator Red Pine & Haiku Poet, Artist & Translator John Brandi

November 12, 2023

CPL Board member Jason Wirth invites you to:

A Reading & Reception
with Acclaimed Translator Bill Porter (Red Pine)
and Haiku Poet, Artist, and Translator John Brandi

Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 7 – 9 pm
Oberto Commons (second floor of the Sinegal Center)
On the Campus of Seattle University

Bill Porter, who assumes the pen name Red Pine (赤松 Chì Sōng), is a translator of Chinese poetry and sutras. His many translations have been honored with awards,

John Brandi

John Brandi

including two NEA translation fellowships, a PEN Translation Prize, and the inaugural Asian Literature Award of the American Literary Translators Association. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support work on a book based on a pilgrimage to the graves and homes of China’s greatest poets of the past, which was published under the title Finding Them Gone in January of 2016. In 2018, Porter received the Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation bestowed by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Port Townsend and is the subject of a recent documentary, Dancing with the Dead. (Hear our interview with Red Pine here.)

John Brandi The Rain Sweeps ThroughJohn Brandi’s haiku practice spans four decades, a steadfast companion to his life as a poet, visual artist, and author of numerous books of poetry, travel essays, and haibun. His haiga (haiku paintings) have been exhibited at the New Mexico History Museum, Durango Arts Center, Roswell Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Public Library. In 2009 he gave the keynote addresses for the Haiku North America Conference in Ottawa, Canada, followed by the Punjabi Haiku Conference in India. In 2017 he received the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, along with Noriko Kawasaki Martinez, for A House by Itself, translations of Masaoka Shiki’s haiku.

The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing with authors’ work from Empty Bowl Press and Copper Canyon Press available for purchase.

Empty Bowl logoCosponsored by Empty Bowl Press and the Seattle University Philosophy Department




  1. Jo-Anne Rowley

    Will this be on Zoom as well as in person?

  2. Splabman


    I am afraid not. Bummer, Paul

  3. Laura Gamache

    Exciting news! Saw Dancing with the Dead at the Rose Theater in Port Townsend last Wednesday. Magical film.

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