Chen Li was born in Hualien, Taiwan, in 1954. He graduated from the English Department at National Taiwan Normal University and is regarded by literary critics as “one of the most innovative and exciting poets writing in Chinese today”. In recent years, he has taught creative writing at National Dong Hwa University and has served as organiser of the annual Pacific Poetry Festival in his hometown. A winner of various prestigious poetry prizes in Taiwan, Chen Li has published 14 books of poetry and is also a prolific prose writer and translator. With his wife Chang Fen-ling, he has translated over 20 volumes of poetry into Chinese, including the works of Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and Wisława Szymborska.