Xiang Yang (Hsiang Yang, “facing the sun”) is the pen name of Lin Qiyang, who was born in Nantou in central Taiwan. He received a B.A. in Japanese and an M.A. in journalism from Chinese Culture University. He worked as chief editor of China Times Weekly and of the literary supplement of the Independence Evening Post before becoming executive editor of the latter publication. In 1997 Xiang Yang left the media to pursue a Ph.D. in journalism at National Zhengzhi University. He has taught at Jingyi University in recent years and is now Deputy Publisher and Executive Editor of the Independence Evening Post.
Since the mid-1970s Xiang Yang has been active on the poetry scene. He cofounded A Gathering in the Sunshine Poetry Society in 1979 and was among the first in Taiwan to write modern poetry in Hokkien, of which “Nine to Five” is an example. He attended the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 1986, helped establish the Taiwanese PEN in 1987, and served as its vice president in 1990. A prolific writer, he has published five books of poetry, two English translations of selected poems (see the bibliography), five volumes of essays, another five of literary criticism and social commentaries, and children's stories.