Yuan Changming grew up in a remote village, started to learn the English alphabet in Shanghai at age nineteen, and published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include twelve Pushcart nominations for poetry and two for fiction as well as sixteen chapbooks and appearances in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008 – 17), among 2,019 others across 49 countries. A poetry judge for Canada’s 2021 National Magazine Awards, Yuan began to write and publish fiction in 2022, with his first (hybrid) novel Bamakoola: Paradise Regained forthcoming in 2024.