Born in Taipei, Jian Zhengzhen (Chien Cheng-chen) graduated from National Zhengzhi University with a B.A. in Western languages and literatures. He went on to earn an M.A. in foreign languages and literatures from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from University of Texas, Austin. Currently he is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Zhongxing University.
To date Jian has published six volumes of poetry and four books of literary criticism in Taiwan and China. He has also served as chief editor of the Epoch Poetry Quarterly.