As Rain Taxi forges ahead during our unexpectedly weird 25th year of existence, we’re taking a look back and celebrating some of the memories that stand out and remain inspirations. We hope these brief celebrations are a reminder that literature and community are powerful forces at all times.

march 30, 2020


Bei Dao, 2003 Reading (left); Bei Dao portrait by Ann Mikolowski (right)

Today Rain Taxi celebrates Bei Dao, one of China’s most important contemporary poets. Exiled from China in 1989 because of how his work stirred his country’s populace to protest, his work became renowned across the globe, and he has frequently been projected to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Bei Dao appeared in the Rain Taxi Reading Series in 2003 (along with his literary comrade and sometime translator Eliot Weinberger), and his image graces the cover of our Spring 2011 print issue (a portrait by Ann Mikolowski). In 2010, we were honored to publish his 23-poem sequence “Daydream” as a chapbook (a few copies still available!) in a new translation by Clayton Eshleman and Lucas Klein; you can also check out Klein’s 2003 review of three books by Bei Dao in our Online Edition. However you encounter the work of this magnificent poet, we know you’ll find (as we do) a humanistic voice of conscience and compassion.

march 26, 2020


Rikki Ducornet, 1998, The Soap Factory

Today Rain Taxi celebrates Rikki Ducornet, the very first author interviewed in Rain Taxi (see the table of contents for that landmark issue here). Ducornet is emblematic of the very kind of writer Rain Taxi was founded to champion: those whose “aesthetically adventurous” work can be challenging but that we feel is worthy of a wider readership. Ducornet has published many books by presses small and large (a few of which we reviewed over the past 24 years); she has also appeared three times in the Rain Taxi Reading Series, contributed an illustration to one of our t-shirts (the “Dragon Edition,” natch), and collaborated with Anne Waldman on “Calendar,” perhaps the most unique chapbook Rain Taxi has published (it is actually a sequence of unbound broadsides, one for each month of the year). We are proud of our long association with this incredible writer – and grateful to her for being among our original inspirations.