Bai Qiu (Pai Ch'iu), pen name of He Jinrong, was born in Taizhong in central Taiwan. He learned Japanese first and started studying Chinese in 1946, a year after the retrocession of Taiwan to China. He graduated from Taizhong Business School and has worked for years in interior design. Having lived in Tainan and Taipei, he now lives in his hometown.
Bai Qiu started writing poetry in 1952 and won a prize at the first poetry competition sponsored by the Chinese Literature and Art Association in 1955. He was associated with all the major poetry societies in the 1950s and 1960s, including the Bamboo Hat Poetry Society, of which he was a founding member and editor of the society's journal. To date he has published nine collections of poetry and a book of literary criticism. He is also an accomplished calligrapher who exhibits his work regularly.