Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese political prisoner and poet. Liu was a leading activist during the Tiananmen Square protests of June 4, 1989 when several hundred to possibly thousands of unarmed protesters were murdered by authorities. In 2009, he was imprisoned for “inciting subversion of state power,” and he is currently serving an eleven-year sentence. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his prolonged non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China” making him the third person in history to receive the award while in prison. A longer version of this essay appears in his recently translated June Fourth Elegies published by Graywolf Press.