Yi Lei, born Sun Gui-zhen in Tianjin, China in 1951, is one of the most influential figures of contemporary Chinese poetry. She was a reporter for the Liberation Army and a staff member of the newspaper The Railway Corps. Yi Lei studied creative writing at the Lu Xun Academy, and earned a BA in Chinese Literature from Peking University. She has published eight collections of poems, among them: A Single Woman’s Bedroom, The Love Poems of Yi Lei, Women’s Age, and Selected Poems of Yi Lei. A recipient of the Zhuang Zhong Wen Literature Prize, Yi Lei’s work has been translated into English, Japanese, French, Italian, and Russian.