Yueran Zhang began writing at the age of 14 and, as a high school student, won the first prize in the nationwide New Concept Composition Competition. She is regarded as one of China’s most influential young writers and has published two short story collections, Sunflower Missing In 1890 and Ten Loves, which was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story award, along with four novels, the latest being Cocoon. Her other awards include the Chinese Press Most Promising New Talent Award, the Spring Literature Prize and the “Maotai Cup” People’s Literature Prize. In 2008, she founded the literary magazine Li, and continues as its head editor. Since 2012, she has taught creative writing at Renmin University in Beijing.