Hu Yunshang, who writes under the name Lin Ling, was born in Sichuan and grew up in Xi'an, Nanjing, and Taipei. After she graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from National Taiwan University in 1958, she went on to earn a Ph.D. from University of Virginia. For years she was engaged in chemical medical research in the United States. She is retired and lives in New Jersey.
Lin started writing poetry in the early 1950s and published her first poem, “The Wanderer,” in 1952. She was an active member of the Modernist School and has served on the editorial board of the revived Modern Poetry Quarterly since 1982. To date she has published two books of poetry.