Born in 1961, in Shanghai, China, Li Li now lives in Sweden. He studied Swedish at Beijing University, and moved to Sweden in 1988, where he studied Swedish literature at the Stockholm University. He debuted with Sight in water (1989), written in Swedish, and was rewarded with the literature prize De nio.
Li Li is the author of six volumes of poetry in Swedish, the latest Origin (2007), whish focuses on the life of his mother and his cultural background. His work has also been published in China and translated into several languages in anthologies and magazines. He has been awarded prizes for his poetry and translations, among them Beidouxing (2004) and he is currently working with a 10 year writing award from the Swedish Authors Foundation.
Apart from his own work Li Li has translated several Scandinavian poets into Chinese, including the complete works of Tomas Tranströmer, selected work of Edith Södergran (Finland), Harry Martinsson and Gunnar Ekelöf. He has also produced a series of short films, five of which have been broadcasted by the National Swedish Television.