Shi Yining is a graduate from Sun Yat-sen University. He started to publish works in 1985, which include: a literary monography, Wu Zhuoliu – Facing the New Context; a collection of literary criticism, Heading for a New World of Literature; two collections of essays, At Nightfall and The Lake God Is Back; and a biography, Feng Zikai and Reading which has won him the 12th China Book Prize. He has also published many literary critic books and other genres of literary works. He used to serve as the deputy chief-editor of Literature and Art Newspaper and now he is the chief-editor of National Literature and vice chairman of Mass Culture Society of China and Society of Writers of Ethnic Groups.