Born in Anhui Province in 1967, YANG JIAN worked as a factory laborer for thirteen years. A practising Buddhist and scholar of Chinese traditional culture, he began writing poetry during the mid-80s. Laureate of the 1st Liu Li’an Poetry Award (1995), the 9th Rougang Poetry Award (2000), the 1st Yulong Poetry Award (2006), and the prestigious Chinese Media Literature Award (2008), his books of poetry include Dusk (2003), which was rated as one of the best ten books of the year, Old Bridge (2007) and Remorse (2009). Yang Jian also paints with ink and brush. He now lives in Ma’anshan, Anhui.