Yang, a Chinese poet, was born in Switzerland, grew up in China and now lives in London. He has published 15 volumes of poetry, 2 volumes of prose, and many essays. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, and his representative works include YI, Where the Sea Stands Still; Concentric Circles; Riding Pisces: Poems from Five Collections; Lee Valley Poems, Narrative Poem, Anniversary Snow…etc.
His works have been reviewed as “like MacDiarmid meets Rilke with Samurai sword drawn!’”, “one of the most representative voices of Chinese literature”. Among other awards, Yang Lian won 2021 the first Sarah McGuire Prize for Poetry in Translation held by Poetry in Translation Centre; 2020, he won“Jiu Ge Prize”of the first Miluo Literature Prize in China; 2019 Premio Sulmona” in Italy; 2018 NordSud International Prize for Literature, Italy, The 2018 Janus Pannonius International Poetry Grand in Hungary. 2017, Narrative Poem was selected as a recommended translation by Poetry book Society in UK, as well as won the English PEN Award. 2016, he won the Pacific International Poetry Prize in Taiwan; 2014, the International Capri Prize; 2012, Nonino International Literature Prize. He was elected a board member of PEN International PEN in 2008 and 2011.
Yang Lian was a DAAD fellow in Berlin 1991– 1992 and a fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin 2012 – 2013. He was elected to the board of PEN International in 2008 and 2011; 2013, he was invited to become a member of The Norwegian Academy for Literature and Freedom of Expression and has been a distinguished professor and writer in residency in Shantou University in China since 2014.