translated from the Chinese by Eleanor Goodman
Li Li was born in Shanghai in 1961. He moved to Sweden in 1988 to study contemporary Swedish literature at Stockholm University. In 1989, he published a book of poems in Swedish called Visions in Water, and subsequently published Escape (1994), Return (1995), You Are My Home (1999), and Origin (2007), among other poetry collections. He has won many poetry awards, including the 2008 Sweden Daily's Award for Literature and the inaugural Clock Kingdom Award. In addition to introducing Chinese poetry to Swedish readers, he has also translated Tomas Tranströmer's complete works into Chinese.
Eleanor Goodman writes fiction and poetry, and translates from Chinese. Her work has appeared widely in journals such as Fiction, PN Review, Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, Perihelion, New Delta Review, Pathlight, The Guardian, Cha, and The Best American Poetry website. Her first novel is represented by Inkwell Management. In January 2012, she was a Visiting Artist in Writing at the American Academy in Rome.