Bei Ta serves the National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature as a professional poet, critic and translator. He is general secretary of the Chinese Shakespeare Society and vice general secretary of the World Congress of Poets. He has published around 30 books including The Rusting Hour Hands (poetry), Lightening One’s Own Abyss: A Selection of Essays on Poetics, and A Selection of Rabindranath Tagore’s Poems (translation). He has been invited to attend literary and academic activities by more than 20 countries. His poetry manuscripts are collected by the Shanghai Municipal Library.