Feng Zhi was born Feng Chengzhi in 1905 in Hebei province. He graduated from Beijing University, where he had studied German from 1921–27 and later (1930–35), studied German philosophy and literature in Berlin and Heidelberg. He published two poetry collections, Songs of Yesterday (1927) and Northern Wanderings and Other Poems (1929), and then didn’t publish for over a decade. He began writing again after fleeing Beijing for the south of China.
Chou Ping is a professor at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He has coedited/co-translated several books with Tony Barnstone, including Chinese Erotic Poetry (Everyman, 2007); The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (Anchor, 2005); and The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala, 1996).
Maryann Corbett’s third book, Mid Evil, was the winner of the Richard Wilbur Award for 2014. She is also a past cowinner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Her poems and translations have appeared in many journals and in anthologies, most recently Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, and the Writer’s Almanac.
Christine de Pizan was the first woman in France, and possibly in Europe, known to have supported herself and her family by means of her writing. She took up the pen after the death of her husband and produced several collections of poems, but she is best known now for her prose works on the role of women, such as The City of Ladies.