Zheng Xiaoqiong, born in 1980, made her life as a migrant worker in Dongguan City, south China's Guangdong Province. Zheng became determined to write poetry, something she had never heard of, after she read some poems in magazines in 2001.
Zheng's works have been published in many professional literary magazines, such as Poetry Periodical and Mountain Flowers. As a professional poet, Zheng has attended poetry studies held by literary magazines such as Prose Poem and Poetry Periodical. In 2007, she won the Liqun Literature Award from the authoritative literary magazine People's Literature.
Publishing poetry as a post-80s migrant worker, winning the People's Literature award and refusing to participate in the Dongguan Literary Association attracted the media's attention. As a rural worker with limited education, Zheng fills her poems with the loathing and challenges of injustice. Her major works include Huangma Village (Huangma Ling), Iron (Tie), The Heart (Neixin De Podu) and Meaning of the Night (Yewan De Shendu).
(Translated by LIU FANGFEI)