Asian-American poet known for The City in Which I Love You, Book of My Nights, and other award-winning works. His numerous literary honors include the
He studied at the University of Pittsburgh, the State University of New York at Brockport, and the University of Arizona.
His poems are marked by their simplicity, quiet passion, and depth of imagery.
He was born in Indonesia to a prominent Chinese family. His grandfather, Yuan Shikai, was the first Republican President of China, and his father was the personal doctor of Mao Zedong.
He was influenced by the nature-themed poetry of Mary Oliver.