Chen Yizhi (Ch'en I-chih) was born in Hualian on the east coast of Taiwan. After graduating from the Chinese Department of National Taiwan Normal University, he completed an M.A. at New Asia Research Institute in Hong Kong. At present he is chief editor of the literary supplement of the United Daily and a lecturer at several universities.
Chen published his first poem at the age of seventeen, and his first book of poetry, Setting Sun, Rising Smoke, appeared in 1977, followed by six more over the years. He has also published a study of gender awareness in the poetry of postwar Taiwanese women.