Chiu Zu-Yin was born in 1969 in Taiwan’s countryside and despite moving to the city as a young boy, he has maintained a strong connection to the land, not least through his parents’ stories of their upbringing in the rice fields. To this day, he considers himself a farmer of language, cultivating stories is his lifework. He has worked in the publishing industry and now in the media. He was awarded the Unitas prize for best newcomer, as well as Fu Jen Catholic University’s literature prize, and one of his short stories was included in an anthology BEST TAIWANESE SHORT STORIES in 2012. MOTHER EARTH is his first novel.