Wu Ming-Yi was born in 1971 in Taiwan. He is a multidisciplinary artist, author, academic, and environmental activist. In the Chinese-speaking world, he is especially known for his nonfiction 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 bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fu-Jen Catholic University and a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from National Central University. In 2000 he began teaching literature and creative writing at Dong Hwa University.