Yang Ze (Yang Tse), pen name of Yang Xianqing, was born and raised in Jiayi in southern Taiwan. He graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University. After a brief stint of teaching at Brown University, he returned to Taiwan to assume the chief editorship of the literary supplement to China Times.
Yang was a member of the National Taiwan University Poetry Society and published his first book of poetry in his senior year. With three books of original poetry to date, Yang has exerted significant influence on younger poets.