Liu Heng, originally named Liu Guanjun, was born in 1954 in Beijing. He is of Han nationality and is a nonpartisan. He is currently chairman of Beijing Writers Association, vice chairman of China Writers Association and chief editor of Beijing Literature magazine. He studied at elementary and middle schools affiliated with Beijing Foreign Studies University. In 1969, he joined the Navy where he served for six years. Upon his discharge, he worked for four years at Beijing Automobile Works. In 1979, he was transferred to the Beijing Writers Association to work as editor of Beijing Literature. In 1977, he published his maiden work, a short story called Small Millstone. In 1986, Dogshit Food won the National Outstanding Short Story Award and wide acclaim. Between 1985 and 1987, he pursued a literature course at Beijing Normal University. To date, he has published novels and novellas including: Wolves’ Den, Strength, White Whirlpool, False Evidence, Black Snow, Ode to Freedom, Green River Daydreams, Four Men, The Educational Poem, Four Winds and Interlocked Chain. His works have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean and Danish. The five-volume Collected Works of Liu Heng has already been published.
Ju Dou, a feature film adapted from Fuxi Fuxi, a novella, won an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. Benmingnian, a feature film adapted from Black Snow, won the Silver Bear Award at Berlin International Film Festival. The film and TV drama adapted from The Happy Life of Chatter-Box Zhang Damin, a novella, achieved wide popularity. Liu Heng has been dubbed as “China’s No. 1 Scriptwriter.”