Mai Mang (Yibing Huang) was born in Changde, Hunan, China. He established himself as a poet in the 1980s and received his BA, MA, and PhD in Chinese literature from Beijing University. He moved to the United States in 1993 and earned a second PhD in comparative literature from UCLA in 2001. He is the author of two books of poetry, Stone Turtle: Poems 1987–2000 (2005) and Approaching Blindness (2005). He is also the author of Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). In 2009 he served as a juror for the 2010 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and nominated Chinese poet Duo Duo, who became the first Chinese author to win the prestigious prize (see WLT, March 2011). In 2012 he won the 20th Rou Gang Poetry Prize in China. He is currently associate professor of Chinese at Connecticut College.