The Lu Xun Literature Prize (LXLP) Appraisal Office announced on August 11 that poet Du Ya, from central China's Henan Province, has won the prize's seventh Poetry Award for her poetry collection The Sunset and the Dawn.
The LXLP is an award named after Lu Xun and has been awarded every three years since 1995. It has been recognized as one of the four major literature awards in China, the others being the Mao Dun Literature Prize, Lu Xun Literary Prize, and the Cao Yu Prize for Playwriting.
Each individual award of the LXLP is selected once every two years, including the Novella Award, the Short Story Award, the Report Literature Award, the Theoretical Review Award, the Prose Award, the Poetry Award and the Translation Award. Each award is voted for by 11 judges, and five winning entries will be selected.
Du, born in Xuchang, Henan, in 1968, graduated from a local nursing school and has worked in the hospital for ten years. She then left her medical job and started working as a book editor and magazine editor in Zhengzhou and Beijing, north China.
Du began to write poetry at the age of 12, and has thus far published a set of collections of poems. She was also winner of a number of other titles, including the Top Ten Young Poets and the Liu Li'an Poetry Award.
Du's poetry has precipitated her life experience, extracted from the painful experiences of her early years, and has presented a strong sense of lyricism.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)