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 the Most Promising New Writer Award in 2003. She has published six novels, two of which have been translated into English: Northern Girls and Death Fugue. She was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012.
Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a teacher, writer, researcher, and translator. She is the author of three volumes of poetry, Cyborg Chimera, Under the Ash, and Voices of the Elders, a pair of travel guides, and a translation of Sheng Keyi's novel Northern Girls for Penguin Books. Shelly's poetry has appeared in journals, magazines, and websites around the world, as well as in several art exhibitions, including dark 'til dawn, Things Disappear, and Studio White • Exhibition 2011. You can visit her Web site here.