Yang Zi (1963 – ), an acclaimed contemporary Chinese poet, is the author of a dozen books, including Border Fast Train (1994), Gray Eyes (2000), and Rouge (2007). After his university studies in Chinese literature, he lived in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for nine years and cofounded the literary journal Big Bird. In 1990, he was appointed Vice Alderman of Tahaqi Village. Since 1993, he has lived in the southern coastal city of Guangzhou and now works as the associate chief editor of the Nanfang People Weekly. Also known as a poetry translator, he has introduced the works of Osip Mandelshtam, Paul Celan, Fernando Pessoa, Gary Snyder, Charles Simic, and other Western poets to Chinese readers.