Born in 1967 in Yantai, Shandong province, Lan Lan is considered one of the most influential Chinese lyrical poets of the present time. She is the bestselling author of nine poetry titles including Life with a Smile, Songs of Romance, Inner Life, Dream, Dream and From Here, To Here. Also a prolific prose and children’s fiction writer, she has been translated into ten languages. Awarded the prestigious Liu Li’an Poetry Prize in 1996, she has also received four of China’s highest literary honors: the Poetry & People Award, the Yulong Poetry Prize, the Best Ten Poets in China Award, and the Bing Xin Children’s Literature New Work Award. A regular guest at international poetry festivals, she lives in Beijing.