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Zhang Xinxin

Zhang Xinxin was born in 1953 and grew up wandering the alleys in Beijing's walled Old City. As a twelve-year-old at the outbreak of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, she was...

Ying Chen

Ying Chen is a Chinese Canadian author. She writes mostly in French, self translating into Chinese and English. Born in 1961 in Shanghai, she now lives in Vancouver.

Can Xue

Can Xue, meaning “dirty snow, leftover snow, but also pure snow on the top of a mountain,” is the pseudonym of Deng Xiaohua. She was born in 1953 in Changsha City,...

Mu Cao

Mu Cao (墓草) was born into a farming family in Xihua County, Henan province, China in 1974. He has no diplomas, is not a member of the Chinese Writers Association, and publishes...

Osmanjan Muhemmed Pas’an

Osmanjan Muhemmed Pas’an was born 1981 in a village near Guma, in the south of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. From the age of sixteen, Pas’an’s poems have been...

Ghojimuhemmed Muhemmed

Ghojimuhemmed Muhemmed was born in 1971 in a village near Guma, in the south of China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. After completing high school he worked for more than ten years in a...

Liu Xia

Liu Xia (1961- ), Chinese poet, artist, and photographer, was born and grew up in Beijing, and worked as a civil servant for the Beijing tax bureau. She started writing poetry in 1982 and met Liu...

Ye Yonglie

Ye Yonglie, a Shanghai writer and a graduate of Peking University, was born in 1940. He started publishing poetry in 1951, and published his first book in 1960. Since then he has authored over one...

Wang Bang

Wang Bang was born in China. She began her career as a reporter and editor in the early 2000s, and has gone on to write fiction, film criticism, and graphic novels. She has...

Sun Yisheng

Sun Yisheng was born in 1986 in Shandong province. He has worked as a security guard at a cement factory, a waiter, a factory operator, a technician in pesticides factory, and an editor, and has...

Cui Weiping

Cui Weiping is a Beijing-based freelance writer, translator, movie critic, and political essayist.  Her books include Prior to Justice (2005), The Narratives of our Time (2008), Thoughts...

Yang Xianhui

Yang Xianhui lives in Tianjin, China, and worked at a military-style collective farm near the Gobi Desert for sixteen years in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1997, he journeyed to...

Zhang Yihe

Zhang Yihe was born in Chongqing in 1942, but her family is from Anhui province. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and a Peking Opera scholar. Her father, Zhang...

Alice Xin Liu

Alice Xin Liu was born in Beijing but left for London at the age of seven, returning when she was twenty-one. She is a graduate in English literature, Durham University, but her Chinese cadre...

Chen Xiwo

Chen Xiwo teaches comparative literature at Fuzhou Normal University and has published seven major novels. Due to his refusal to compromise about the style or content of his writing, it was...

Xie Peng

The graphic artist Xie Peng was born in Beijing in 1976. He graduated from Beijing City University with a major in photography, then went on to study oil painting at the Sichuan Art Institute,...

Chenxin Jiang

Chenxin Jiang studied literature at Princeton University. She received a 2011 PEN Translation Fund grant, as well as the 2011 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation, an award given each year to one...

Ji Xianlin

Ji Xianlin was born in 1911 in the impoverished flatlands of Shandong province. After completing an undergraduate degree in European languages at Tsinghua University, Ji successfully competed...

Exmetjan Osman

Exmetjan Osman (b. 1964) is one of the foremost Uyghur poets of his generation. Fully bilingual in Uyghur and Arabic, he has published poetry collections in both languages to great acclaim,...

Xu Zechen

Born in 1978 in Jiangsu Province, Xu obtained a master's degree in Chinese literature at Peking University, and is now an editor at People's Literature magazine. Despite this pedigree,...

Li Kunwu

Li Kunwu has had over thirty comics works published as a State Artist in China.

Zheng Xiaolou

Zheng Xiaolu is the pen name of Zheng Peng, who was born in 1986 in Longhui, Hunan.  His stories have been published in several literary magazines in China. He has also published a...

Yu Xiang

A key figure of the post-70s Chinese poets, Yu Xiang ( 宇向) was born in 1970 and began writing poetry in 2000. She has been actively involved in contemporary art, underground music,...

Yang Jian

Born in Anhui Province in 1967, Yang Jian worked as a factory laborer for thirteen years before writing poetry during the mid-eighties. Recognized as one of the greatest living Chinese poets,...

Xi Xi

Xi Xi was born in Shanghai, China, in 1938 but has lived in Hong Kong since 1950. She is the author of more than two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, and belles lettres, and is among Hong...

Chihoi

Chihoi is a young Hong Kong artist and writer whose graphic fiction has been showcased at the Bilbolbul Festival in Bologna, the Festival BD à Bastia in Corsica, and the “China...

Yang Zi

Yang Zi (1963 – ), an acclaimed contemporary Chinese poet, is the author of a dozen books, including Border Fast Train (1994), Gray Eyes (2000), and Rouge (2007). After his university...

Hermit Tai Shang

If anyone knows anything about Hermit Tai Shang ("The Eminent Hermit"), please contact the translator.

Cen Shen

(715-70) was a friend of the illustrious Tang poet Du Fu, and served for some ten years in the northwest frontier. The ninth day of the ninth month (Double Nine, Zhong Yang Jie) is a fall...

Su Shi

's (1037-1101) favorite poet was the fourth-century poet Tao Yuanming. He writes, "Neither Cao Zhi, Liu Zhen, Bao Zhao, Xie Lingyun, Li Bai, or Du Fu achieves his stature. . . . This is...

Li Bai

 (701-62) is the Li Po in the Lorine Niedecker poem "Swept snow Li Po . . ."

Cai Que

(1037-93) was a minister in the reign of Emperor Shen Zhong. He was accused of blasphemy and died in prison.

Gao Shi

(702-65) was a beggar turned military secretary. He was a "frontier poet"; served in Central Asia and Tibet.

Zhang Wei

(720-70) was a minor official.

Qi Wu-Qian

(692-749) was a censor and worked in the Palace Library during the Tang Dynasty.

Liu Cixin

A computer engineer by trade, Liu Cixin began writing science fiction in the early 1990s. Since the publication of his first story in 1999, he has won multiple Galaxy awards for his short...

Liao Yiwu

Liao Yiwu (廖亦武) (born 1958 in Sichuan) is a Chinese author, reporter, musician, and poet. He is a critic of China's Communist regime, for which he has been imprisoned....

Wenguang Huang

Wenguang Huang is a Chicago-based writer, translator, and journalist. He is the author of The Little Red Guard (Riverhead), a memoir that chronicles his growing up in central China during the...

Wang Dan

Wang Dan, writer, essayist and poet, was the most prominent leader of the Tiananmen student pro-democracy movement. Following the Chinese government's crackdown on June 4, 1989, he was...

Xiao Kaiyu

Xiao Kaiyu was born in 1960 in Sichuan province, and trained and worked as a doctor of Chinese medicine. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and has published poems and essays in...

Zhang Lian

Zhang Lian was an elementary school teacher for several years, but he has spent most of his life as a farmer, eking out a living growing sunflowers and potatoes. He has never left the land he...

Airuo

Airuo was born in 1971 in Tongcheng, Anhui Province, and now lives in Beijing. He was formerly the executive deputy editor in chief of Travel China (magazine) and editor in chief of the website...

Zhang Shaomin

The poet and writer Zhang Shaomin was born in Hunan Province and works in Beijing in the publishing industry.

Zhu Wen

Born in Fujian (South China) in 1967, Zhu Wen graduated from Nanjing University in 1989. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as an engineer in a thermal power plant, during which time he began writing...

Yuan Qiongqiong

Yuan Qiongqiong has been a prolific author since the 1970s, and is highly acclaimed for her short stories and essays. She has also published poetry under the name Zhu Ling, and has written a...

Sheng Keyi

Sheng Keyi was born in Yiyang, Hunan province, in the 1970s. She settled in Shenzhen during the 1990s before moving to Dongbei in 2001. In 2002 she began her career as an author and she received...

Zhao Ying

Zhao Ying has published eight novels, including Dawn Shines on the Phoenix Tree and Jordan's Mysterious Letter. She has received numerous literary awards at both the national and provincial...

Wang Anyi

Wang Anyi (b. 1954) is among the most widely read and anthologized authors of the post-Mao era. A breaker of taboos, she is considered a spokesperson for China's younger generation. Her...

Liu Sola

Liu Sola (b. 1955) is a composer, a highly individualistic vocalist, and a major contemporary fiction writer. She created the first Chinese rock opera, Blue Sky Green Sea, with a libretto based...

Huang Yongmei

Huang Yongmei was born in Guangxi in the 1970s, and began writing in 2001. The youngest member of the writers' association in Guangxi, she is one of the most prominent young writers in...

Ye Mi

Ye Mi is based in Suzhou. She began publishing fiction in 1994 and has garnered consistent critical attention and popular readership. Commenting on her own choice of protagonists, Ye Mi says...

Yan Lianke

Yan Lianke was born in 1958 in Henan Province, China. He is the author of many novels and short-story collections and has won China's two top literary awards, the Lu Xun in 2000 for Nian,...

Xi Chuan

Xi Chuan grew up during the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) and is now considered one of the most well-known poets affiliated with the avant-garde literary scene in China. He is...

Du Mu

Du Mu (803-52) is, among the masters of the late Tang dynasty, especially admired for his skill with short poems, many of which were composed in the New Style quatrain.

Ba Jin

Ba Jin was born in 1904 in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan, China. His real name is Li Yaotang. In 1927 he moved to France and wrote his first novel, Destruction (1929). He has lived in Shanghai,...

Pu Song-ling

Pu Song-ling, a Qing dynasty writer, was born in Shandong province. His most famous work is the Liaozhai Zhiyi (Strange (Historical) Stories from a Studio for Leisurely Conversations), a...

Yang Lian

Yang Lian was born in Switzerland in 1955, and grew up in Beijing. He began writing when he was sent to the countryside in the 70s, and on his return became one of the first group of young...

Zhang Wei

Born in 1956 in the small seaside town of Longkou, Shangdong Province, in Mainland China, Zhang Wei spent his early years in a forested area in Shangdong Province. Much under the influence of...

Gu Cheng

Gu Cheng (1956-93) was one of the innovative writers of "misty poetry" (menglung shi) who emerged in the immediate post-Mao years. He began writing poetry as a child in Shandong...

Wang Wei

Wang Wei (701-61) may be China's most immediately appealing poet, and historically he was no less revered as a painter. Rather than rendering a realistic image of a landscape, Wang is...

Zhang Er

Zhang Er was born in Beijing, China, and moved to the United States in 1986. Collections of her work in Chinese include Seen, Unseen, published by QingHai Publishing House of China in 1999, and...

Li Xiao

Li Xiao was born in 1950 in Shanghai. He is the son of Ba Jin, China's oldest surviving writer from the 1920s, who is deeply respected at home and abroad for his writings and his personal...

Gao Ertai

Gao Ertai is an artist, calligrapher, writer, critic, and philosopher. He has published four collections of essays on beauty and freedom in Chinese. Parts of In Search of My Homeland have been...

Yu Hua

Yu Hua is a Chinese author. Born in 1960 in Zhejiang, China, Yu finished high school during the Cultural Revolution and worked as a dentist for five years before beginning to write in 1983. His...

Yu Jian

Yu Jian was born in 1954 in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. With the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution in 1966, his schooling was interrupted, and his parents were forced to leave...

Shan Sa

Shan Sa was born in 1972 in Beijing. She left China for France in 1990, studied in Paris, and worked for two years for the painter Balthus. Her two previous novels were awarded the Prix Goncourt...

Wang Ping

Wang Ping was born in Shanghai and grew up on a small island in the East China Sea. After three years of farming in a mountain village, she attended Beijing University. In 1985 she left China to...

MuXin

MuXin is the pen name of a renowned Chinese diasporan writer and artist currently living in the New York area. MuXin was born in Wuzhen, of South China, into a wealthy aristocratic family with...

Toming Jun Liu

Toming Jun Liu is the pen name of Liu Jun. Liu was born in Xi'an, China, and is a professor in the Department of English, California State University, Los Angeles, where he teaches American...
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