Chen Li was born in 1954 in Hualien, Taiwan. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and exciting poets writing in Chinese today, he is the author of eleven books of poetry and a prolific prose writer and translator. With his wife Chang Fen-ling, he has translated the works of many poets into Chinese, such as Heaney, Hughes, Paz, Neruda and Szymborska, and has published over a dozen volumes of translations. He is the organiser of the annual Pacific Poetry Festival in his hometown. His poems have been translated into several languages in book form, including Intimate Letters: Selected Poems of Chen Li, translated into English by Chang Fen-ling.