Tao Lin was born in 1983 in Alexandria, Virginia. His parents were born in Taiwan. He grew up in Florida, has a B.A. in journalism from New York University, has taught in Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program, and is the author of ten books—four novels, a memoir, a novella, a tweet-collection, a story-collection, two poetry-collections—as well as two ebooks on bear parade. He edits Muumuu House and is on Twitter and Instagram. He lives in Hawaii.