Mai Mang (Yibing Huang) was born in Changde, Hunan, China. He earned his BA, MA, and PhD in Chinese literature from Beijing University, and he moved to the U.S. in 1993. He holds a second PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA. Mang's work of poetry has been published in China since the 1980s and can be found in many anthologies. He is the author of two books of poetry: Stone Turtle: Poems 1987-2000 (2005) and Approaching Blindness (2005). Most recently, he published Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future (2007), a book that presents case studies of the generation of Chinese writers which spent its formative years during the Cultural Revolution and focuses on this generation's identity shift from "orphans of history" to "cultural bastards." Mang is currently an associate professor of Chinese at Connecticut College.