Jiang Tao was born in Tianjin in 1970, and studied first at Tsinghua University, only to abandon biomedical engineering for a PhD in Chinese literature at Peking University, where he began teaching in 2002. He wrote poetry as a student, and was editor of the folk poetry journals Offset and Poetry Communications. His first collection Bird Sutras was published by Shanghai Joint Publishing in 2005, and he has also printed and published Four Poems and Mourning for Sometimes. He won the Liu Li’an Prize for Poetry in 1997. As well as poetry, criticism and historical research, his doctoral dissertation, ‘An Anthology of New Verse’ and the Rise of Modern Poetry in China (Peking University Press, 2005), won the National Award for Excellence in Doctoral Dissertations. In addition, he has translated Marston Anderson’s The Limits to Realism: Chinese Fiction in the Revolutionary Period (Jiangsu People’s Publishing House, 2001), and edited The Beijing University Literary Forum (Central Compilation and Translation Press, 2005), and the high school language textbook The Appreciation of Foreign Poetry & Prose (People’s Education Press, 2005).