* 19.06.1966, Sichuan, China vive em: Chengdu, China
YA Shi is the pen name of CHEN Xiaoping, born in Sichuan province and raised in a small village. His poetic sensibility was deeply influenced by his upbringing: his work reflects the lushness of the mountain forests, the richness of folk legend, and the macabre spark of ancient ghost stories. In the early 1980s, he won the rare opportunity to study at Beijing University, and now teaches mathematics at a university in Chengdu. In 1990 he turned to poetry: he has published three full-length collections and a considerable number of long poems, most famously a 30-part series titled Qingcheng Poems. He was an editor of the path-breaking avant-garde magazines Subway and Poetry Mirror, and has won many prizes across China.