Walis Nokan, whose Chinese name is Wu Junjie, belongs to the Pai-Peinox group of the aboriginal Atayal tribe in Taiwan. He graduated from Taizhong Teachers College and teaches at Freedom Elementary School in his hometown, Heping Village, in central Taizhong County, which was devastated by the earthquake on September 21, 1999.
Walis Nokan started writing poetry at the age of sixteen; he has been editor of Hunter Culture, a journal dedicated to Taiwanese aboriginal culture, and is active at the Research Center for Taiwanese Aboriginal Humanities. He has published two books of poems. In addition to poetry, he writes essays, culture critiques, reportage, and fiction.