Poetry Comes to Museum LXVII


Activity Curator

Wang Yin


Wang Jiaming


Hui Wa

Meet the Poetry of Hui Wa

Poet: Hui Wa
Planner: Wang Yan
Host: Wang Jiaming
Date: October, 11th, 2020
Time: 14:30-16:30
Venue: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (Building 3, Xinye Fang, Wenshui Road 210, Jing’an District)
Transportation tip: Exit 3, Wenshui Road Station, Line 1

Notice:For public health security, please make a real-name preservation and bring your ID for admission of the event. Please wait in line to get your temperature measured, hands sanitized, and information registered with the help of our staff. Please wear a face mask during the event. If you are experiencing a fever, coughing, or short breath, please understand that admission is not granted.

The guest poet of the 67th Poetry Comes to Museum is the 92-year-old Hui Wa (Li Zhao). Her name is often paralleled with the war time stories that she has been through, while her poems are praised for its fantasy sphere and innocent perspective within. Artists, as Ezra Pound grandly declared, “are the antenna of the race.” The writings of a great poet are more than the historical footnote, but also the reflection of a race’s spiritual status of a time. As a “self-educated” “national poet,” Hui Wa’s accomplishments in poetry owes a lot to her husband, artist and educator Zhang Ting, the persistent source of encouragement and support, as well as the Hui Wa’s own perseverant pursuit of purity, kindness, and seriousness. As for Hui Wa, writing poetry is more than a self-therapy, but also an approach to keep communing to the world at her old age.

Voice recruiting for “Poetry Comes to Museum”

Submission time
From this day to Octo
ber 8, 24:00
Script to be read
Hui Wa’s poems (poet of Poetry Comes to Museum LXVII)

How to participate
1.Email your audio file to
mspe@minshengart.com (background music is optional).
2.Please leave your information, including your name, contact info, and confirmation of attending the October 11 poetry event in Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.

Three excellent readers will win Hui Wa’s poetry collection No Roses—Hui Wa’s Personal Anthology

*Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum reserves all the final rights of explanation.


No Roses—Hui Wa’s Personal Anthology

Author: Hui Wa
Illustrator: Leng Bingchuan
Publisher: Guangxi Normal University Press
Publishing Date: Oct, 2020

No  no roses  no offerings
My grave  ample tears running out of ivy day and night
The Morning of Qingming Festival  ask the spring to whisper  a leopard
Came carrying a lamp in his mouth


Hui Wa

Poet. Her real name is Li Zhao. Born in 1927, Li Zhao adopted her childhood diminutive “Hui Wa” as a pen name when she started writing poetry. Forced to move from Xi’an to the Shaanxi countryside by the outbreak of World War II, she later relocated to Yan’an to attend school and attended the Second Filed Army. Her ill health in the forties and fifties meant moving between Nanjing and Beijing for treatment. In 1955 she enrolled at Peking University to study Russian, but her subsequent career as a translator was cut short by illness. Her collection Mountain Ghosts’ Old Home was originally published in 1997, which was awarded the 50 Anniversary “Nominated Awards” of People's Literature Publishing House. Other publications include The Poetry of Hui Wa (Writers Publishing House, 2009), Seven Chapters of Hui Wa (Peking University Press, 2016), as well as There’s Green Branches and Leaves on My Forehead: Hui Wa’s Narration (People's Literature Publishing House, 2010).


Wang Jiaming

Entering the publishing industry in 1984, Mr. Wang Jiaming is a writer, a well-known art lover and publisher of several best-selling books such as Old Photos series, the Illustrated Chinese History series, the Library for Students series, Art and Humanity, and Xiao Ai: Honey, Daddy Is Missing You Very Very Much. Mr. Wang has been working in the publishing industry for nearly 30 years. He was once the Chief Editor of Shandong Pictorial Publishing House and SDX Joint. As a big fan of photos and paintings, Mr. Wang is the author of Unforgettable Books and Their illustrations and Unforgettable Books and the People, which are well-known nationwide.


Wang Yin

A poet, writer, photographer. Author of Poetry of Wang Yin, Lime Light, etc. Winner of Jiang Nan Poetry Prize, Dong Dang Zi Poetry Award. His works have been published in more than 10 languages oversea.