An Introduction to SHIGEBAO (Poetry News)
Website Name: Shigebao (Poetry News)
Website Address: http://www.shigebao.com
The Shigebao website was founded in May, 2001 by the internet
poet Minnow. It was originally named “China Poetry News.” Shigebao
combines website content, forums, a webzine, and a paper journal
under one Chinese-language poetry website. It now has over 20000
registered members, along with oceanic amounts of unregistered
visitors. Each day app. 1700 postings are made on its forums.
The website also holds many off-line events (readings, parties,
poetry gatherings); it also edits the Shigebao Book Series and
other publications. In 2002 it held the first “Chinese Internet
Poetry Exhibition.” It is now making plans to hold the Second
Exhibition. The Shigebao website has also co-sponsored many
poetry activities held by other organizations (for example,
the People’s University Poetry Festival, and the Shanghai Inter-collegiate
Youth Poetry Gathering). It has presided over the judging of
the “Ten Annual Contributors to Development of Chinese Internet
Poetry.” It has also created a roster of “Top Poetry Forum Exchanges,”
and has awarded the first yearly “Best Poet Award” in the website’s
name. Shigebao’s key objectives are “introduce good poetry to
a broader circle; let poetry go out to meet its readers.”
The Shigebao website has a large but loose management team.
From updating content and gathering news to setting up poets’
pages and compiling the webzine and journal, we rely on cooperative
efforts by our editors and page-masters in various places. With
the large number of registered members on our forums, there
is a thriving exchange of ideas; we have an impressive scholarly
atmosphere, with many topics for discussion. Our site has influenced
and given impetus to quite a few new writers. We open-heartedly
help other internet poets set up sites and forums of their own,
working together with them so that exchanges of poetry can thrive.
Shigebao leads the way toward positive interchange: we oppose
tedious personal attacks and invective. We allow the co-existence
of poetic expression in many forms. We are open to pluralistic
attempts in writing, and we preserve the non-partisan spirit
of literature. We give exposure to new faces, not only to poets
with established reputations.
The Shigebao website has brainstormed and administered many
important activities and events in the field of internet poetry.
We have also kept up good ties with mainstream poetry media
and self-published poetry journals. We often recommend the best
works by internet poets for publication in print journals.
Shigebao is systematizing its content and establishing its own
unique character. Henceforth, Shigebao will adopt a more focused
attitude, to document and promote the development of internet
Our objective: To be the best Chinese-language poetry website;
to bear witness to the development of internet poetry; to pave
the way for internet poetry’s advancement.
Mail address: Changning Technology Bldg, Rm.709B
#201 Tianshanzhi Road
Changning District, Shanghai City
Webmaster: Yu Huaiyu, male, born 1966 in Anhui Province.
Transfer Donations to: Zhaoshang Bank, Katong
Account location: Shanghai
Account holder: Yu Huaiyu
Account number: 6225 8002 1008 0914
Jianshe Bank, Longka
Account Location: Shanghai
Account Holder: Yu Huaiyu
Account number: 4367 4212 1827 4096 856