Lucien Stryk‘s most recent books of poems are Collected Poems 1953-1983 (1984) and Bells of Lombardy (1986). He has recently brought out a second spoken album of his poems from Folkways Records, Selected Poems, a book of essays, Encounter with Zen: Writings on Poetry and Zen, and among other translations from Zen poetry, Triumph of the Sparrow: Zen Poems of Shinkichi Takahashi. He is editor of World of the Buddha: An Introduction to Buddhist Literature and the anthologies Heartland: Poets of the Midwest (I and II). With the late Takashi Ikemoto he translated Zen Poems of China and Japan: The Crane’s Bill and The Penguin Book of Zen Poetry, which received the Islands and Continents Translation Award and the Society of Midland Authors Poetry Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Translation Center and the Ford and Rockefeller foundations. He has held a Fulbright travel/research grant and two visiting lectureships in Japan, and presently holds a research professorship at Northern Illinois University, where he teaches Asian literature and poetry.