Ling Yu (Ling Yü) was born in Taipei County. She received a B.A. in Chinese from National Taiwan University and an M.A. in East Asian languages and literatures from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She divides her time between Taipei and Yilan, where she teaches at National Yilan Institute of Technology.
Ling Yu wrote fiction before she turned to poetry in the early 1980s, when she became editor of the revived Modern Poetry Quarterly. She has since published four volumes of poetry. In 1991–92, at the invitation of Professor Helen Vendler, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University.