Poet, anthologist and critic, Lien Chao was born in China in 1950 and came to Canada in 1984 to study Canadian literature. She eventually completed both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at York University. Her Ph.D. dissertation is an examination of Chinese-Canadian literature and it formed the basis for her book of literary criticism Beyond Silence. Chao continues to live in Toronto. Lien Chao has also edited two art books on the Chinese-Canadian painter Peng Ma, and the Chinese painter Wang Dehui. Both works were published in Sept. 2008 by TSAR.