Ko Hua Chen

CHEN Ko Hua 陳克華 (poet, fiction writer, painter; Taiwan) studied at Taipei Medical University and Harvard Medical School; he now practices as an ophthalmologist at the Taipei Veterans’ General Hospital. He is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry; his collection [Tears of Ignorance] was recently translated into Japanese. His work often addresses LGBTQ issues. 

Born in Hualian, Taiwan in 1961, Ko Hua traces his ancestors back to Wenshang, Shangtung, China. He is now an ophthalmologist and a poet, who has been awarded with many important literature prizes and has published books of poetry; prose works, novels, film critiques, play scripts, and photographs. Among the hundreds of lyrics of pop songs he has written, "Taipei's Sky" is the most popular one. When studying in Hualian High School, he began to write poems. Later in medical college he was recognized by Ya Husan as a new talent of the Literature Page of the United Daily News and, thus, made his debut in the literary circles. He intends to constantly change his style of poetry, to overthrow the traditional sense of morality, and to elaborate on the deconstruction and construction of the poetic form.