Born in Taiwan but now dividing her time between Paris and Taipei, Xia Yu (Hsia Yü) is the author of four volumes of poetry. She first came to public attention in the mid-1980s with the appearance of Memoranda (1983), a selfpublished and self-designed collection of poems whose iconoclastic tone struck a deeply sympathetic chord in Taiwan's younger readers. Her other volumes, which she also designed and published herself, include FRICTION.INDESCRIBABLE (1995), a Dada-esque montage of found poems made from cutup words and phrases from the poems in her second volume, Ventriloquy (1991); and her newest collection, Salsa (1999).
Xia Yu received a B.A. in film and drama from National Arts College and has worked in television and the theater. She now makes her living as a song lyricist and translator.