Tibet: A Reading List (on Xinran’s Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet; Ma Jian’s Stick Out Your Tongue; Tubten Khétsun’s Memories of Life in Lhasa under Chinese Rule; Anne Carolyn Klein’s Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self; Hildegard Diemberger’s When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet; Vic Mansfield’s Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge; Melvyn C. Goldstein’s A History of Modern Tibet, Vol. 2: The Calm Before the Storm, 1951–1955; Matthew T. Kapstein’s The Tibetans; Manosi Lahiri’s Here Be Yaks: Travels in Far Western Tibet; Patrick French’s Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land; Robert Barnett’s Lhasa: Streets with Memories; and Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China’s 100 Questions, edited by Anne-Marie Blondeau and Katia Buffetrille)

Karen Swenson has published five volumes of poetry, been included in numerous anthologies, and appeared in The New Yorker, Saturday Review, Poetry, Commonweal, Miramar, The Nation, and other publications. Also the author of travel and political articles for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Swenson presently lives in Barcelona, Spain.