Chen Li was born in Hualien, Taiwan, in 1954, and graduated from the English Department of National Taiwan Normal University. Regarded as one of the most innovative and exciting poets writing in Chinese today, he is a prolific prose writer and translator as well as the author of fourteen books of poetry. With his wife Chang Fen-ling, he has translated over twenty volumes of poetry into Chinese, including the works of Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Wisława Szymborska, Tomas Tranströmer, and Akiko Yosano. The recipient of many awards, such as the National Award for Literature and Arts and the Taiwan Literature Award, he is the organizer of the annual Pacific Poetry Festival in his hometown. In 2005, he was listed as one of the “Top Ten Contemporary Poets of Taiwan.” In 2012, he represented Taiwan at Poetry Parnassus, the Olympic Poetry Festival held in London. In 2014, he was invited to participate in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.