Li Nan was born in Qinghai, China in 1964. In 1983, she began to publish poetry. In 1994, she published a collection Li Nan: Selected Poems. In 1999, she took part in the fifteenth anniversary Youth Party Conference of the Writers Association of the P.R.C. Poetry Magazine. In 2001, she collaborated in publishing Nine People: Selected Poems. Her work has been anthologized in China and around the world.