Bei Ling (貝嶺) is a poet and essayist and the founder and editor of Tendency, an exile literary journal founded in late 1993 and published in Chinese Until 2000. Tendency has also been involved in the translation of international writers including Vaclav Havel, Wole Soyinka, Susan Sontag, Nadine Gordimer and Seamus Heaney. Bei Ling is also the founder of the Independent Chinese PEN Center in 2001, an organization of Chinese writers and intellectuals and dedicated to the freedom of expression.
Bei Ling's poetry, essays and book reviews have been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Harvard Review. His poetry has been translated from Chinese into English, Japanese, German, French and Spanish, and his collected poetry book: Old Days was published in 2006. He is currently working on his memoir of those experiences and the underground literary scene in China.