Yan Hongya, who writes under the pen name Hong Hong (Hung Hung), was born in Tainan and attended primary school in Taoyuan. After two years in the Philippines (1977–79), he returned to Taiwan to attend middle school. He started writing modern poetry while in junior high and studied modern dance and theater while in senior high. He majored in drama at National Arts Academy and after graduation worked as a journalist and editor. From 1993 to 1995 he served as chief editor of the revived Modern Poetry Quarterly; he founded a theater group called Secret Hunters in 1994. He has been active in Taiwan's avant-garde theater and film world as an actor, scriptwriter, and director.
Hong Hong has published three books of poetry, a volume of essays, a collection of short stories, and drama criticism.