Wang Ping was born in Shanghai. She is the founder of the Kinship of Rivers Project. Her numerous publications include Of Flesh and Spirit, The Magic Whip, The Last Communist Virgin, all from Coffee House Press; New Generation: Poetry from China Today; Flash Cards: Poems by Yu Jian, co-translation with Ron Padgett; Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China won the Eugene Kayden Award for the Best Book in Humanities. The Last Communist Virgin won 2008 Minnesota Book Award and Asian American Studies Award. She is the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Artist Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship.