Yao Jingming, also known by his pen-name, Yao Feng, the Head of the Department of Portuguese, University of Macau, won the “poetry-writing prize” of the inaugural “Chang Yao Poetry Awards” on 23 October. The Awards, launched this year in memory of the poet Chang Yao, are presented biannually to promote a sense of localness, originality and integrity in Chinese poetry writing. These include three prizes in “Poetry Writing”, one in “Poetry Criticism”, and one in “Special Commendation”.
Chang Yao (1936 – 2000), in whose name the awards are given, was one of the most prominent contemporary Chinese poets and he spent most of his lives in Qinghai. His poetry was reflexive, magnificent, romantic and influential in contemporary Chinese writing.