Born in Gaoxiong in southern Taiwan, Li Minyong (Li Min-yung) received a B.A. in history from National Zhongxing University. Having held various posts as teacher, journalist, and editor, he now works in the business world and lives in Taipei.
Li has been active on the poetry scene since the 1960s. He has served as chief editor of Bamboo Hat Poetry Bimonthly, president of Taiwanese Literature and Art, and president of the Taiwanese PEN. To date he has published seven books of poetry. Li is also a prolific literary critic, essayist, and translator of world poetry.