Liao Yiwu
*1958, Sichuan, China

… during the 1980s, Yiwu was one of the most important avant-garde poets in China. In 1987, he was the victim of a political campaign launched against him in response to his epic poem ‘Si Cheng’ (‘The City of Death’), which criticized the Cultural Revolution. After he published poetry that depicted the brutal suppression and the ensuring massacre of protestors on Tiananmen Square, he was imprisoned. Yiwu has received numerous awards for literature and for his courageous promotion of human rights. He was also awarded the prestigious Peace Prize conferred by the Association of German Bookdealers in 2012. His book, entitled ‘Three Worthless Visas and a Dead Passport. My long flight from China.’, was published in April 2018.