Mike O'Connor, a native of Washington State , is a poet, writer, and translator of Chinese literature. Beginning in 1970, he engaged in farming and forest work, followed by a journalism career in Asia that lasted until 1995. He has published nine books of poetry and translations, and his recent long poem Immortality can be found online at Narrative Magazine. O'Connor is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and he is an Honorary Fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University. He currently serves as publisher of Empty Bowl Press in Port Townsend, Washington.