Sheng Keyi is a contemporary Chinese novelist, born in 1973 in a remote village in Yiyang in Hunan province. She migrated to Shenzhen in the early 1990s and now lives in Beijing. She formerly worked in a securities company, and as a secretary, correspondent, reporter, and editor, among many other occupations. In 2002, she resigned and began writing.
Her works include the novels Northern Girls (《北妹》), Ode to Virtue (《道德颂》), Death Fugue (《死亡赋格》), Barbaric Growth (《野蛮生长》), and several short story collections including Leaving a Room for You (《留一个房间给你用》). Her works have been translated into English and several other languages. Keyi was the winner of the Chinese People’s Literature Prize, the Yu Dafu Prize for Fiction, the Chinese Literature Media Award, the Top 20 Novelists of the Future Prize, and many other awards. Northern Girls, published by Penguin Books in 2012, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Sheng Keyi’s works depict the real lives of China’s poor, the survival of its women, and situations revolving around the human spirit, written in language that is violent, enthusiastic, and experimental.