Wu Ming-Yi was born in 1971 in Taiwan. He is a multidisciplinary Taiwanese artist, author, academic and environmental activist. In Chinese, he is especially well known for his non-fiction books on butterflies, The Book of Lost Butterflies(2000) and The Dao of Butterflies (2003), which he also designed and illustrated. His novel The Man with Compound Eyes (2011) was published in English in 2013. He holds a BA in marketing from Fu-Jen Catholic University and a PhD in Chinese Literature from National Central University. In 2000 he began teaching literature and creative writing at Dong Hwa University.