Clara Hsu is a Chinese American poet born in Hong Kong. She is a mother, piano teacher, traveler, actor, translator, poet, playwright, purveyor of Clarion Music Center (1982-2005) and Executive Director of Clarion Performing Arts Center (2016 to present).
Clara’s first book of poems, Mystique, received honorable mention at the 2010 San Francisco Book Festival. She was short-listed for the erbacce prize 2012 and invited to be a featured poet. Published works include a book of short stories, Babouche Impromptu and Other Moroccan sketches (2008), a full-length book of poems, The First to Escape (2015), two audio CDs, Voice Pictures I & II (2016) and a complete translations of Lao-Tzu’s Tao-te Ching (2017) with each verse paired with a Clara Hsu poem.
Published poems (to name a few) can be found in: New Millennium Writings (2012), Sounds of Harbor (translations of Clara’s work into Dutch and German), The Jung Journal (translations of Chinese poet Yu Xingqiao’s poems), The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, various anthologies by Silver Birch Press and the internet journals Cha, Poetry Pacific and The Tower Journal.