Jianghe Ouyang, was born in Luzhou (1956, China) is a nationally known poet, and a critic on poetry, music and culture. His works have been published since 1979, including over 200 poems, many articles on poetry, and lots of reviews on contemporary fine art, music, film, and drama. His books published in China include the poem collection Through the Glass of Words (1997), the collection of poems and criticism Who Leave, Who Stay (1997), the collection of reviews and essays Standing on the Side of Fiction (2000), and the poem collection Tears of Things (2008). As a poetry critic, he has made particular contributions to both the theorization and text analysis of contemporary Chinese poetry. Jianghe Ouyang is recognized as one of the most important poets of China since 1980s.
Yang Lian, a Chinese poet, was born in Switzerland, grew up in China and now lives in London. He published 11 volumes of poetry, 2 volumes of prose as well as 1 volume of essays. His work has been translated into more 25 languages, and his representative works including YI, Where the Sea Stands Still; Concentric Circles; Riding Pisces: Poems from Five Collections; Lee Valley Poems... etc. His works have been reviewed as "like MacDiarmid meets Rilke with Samurai sword drawn!'", "one of the most representative voices of Chinese literature" and "one of the great world poets of our era'". His latest publication in English was Jade Ladder, an anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry edited by him, W.N. Herbert and others. Among other prizes, he won Nonino International Literature Prize 2012 (the jury of the prize presided by V S Naipaul), and he has been elected a board member of PEN International PEN in 2008 and 2011.