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Xi Chuan grew up during the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) and is now considered one of the most well-known poets affiliated with the avant-garde literary scene in China. He is professor of English literature and Dean of Arts of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and a member of the board of directors of the Chinese Poets' Association. He has published several collections of poems in addition to a play and translations. His poetry has been widely anthologized and translated into more than ten languages.