Li Hongqi, born in Shandong in 1976, graduated from the painting department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1999. Part of the loosely associated group of Nanjing-based "Tamen" poets (他们, generally translated as "Them"), Li Hongqi is also a novelist and filmmaker. His film So Much Rice (China, 2005 / 84 minutes / Chinese with English subtitles) was screened at the Locarno, Pusan, Vancouver and Sao Paolo film festivals. A DVD version of the film has recently been glimpsed in several of Beijing's hipper bookstore-cafes. His first novel Xingyun'r (幸运儿, approximate translation: Lucky Bastard) was published in January of 2004 by 华夏出版社 (Huaxia Chubanshe/Cathay Press). In his book jacket blurb, Li Hongqi also hints that he has done a stint as a lead singer of a band...precisely which band, we have yet to ascertain.
- Xingyun'r (幸运儿), January, 2004