Christopher Elford studies medieval Chinese literature, with an emphasis on poetry and poetics. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature with a minor in Chinese from Southwestern University in 2009. After graduating, he spent two years in China studying, traveling and teaching English. In 2015 he received an M.A. in Chinese Literature from the University of Oregon. He is currently interested in formulating a constellation of questions surrounding the ways in which early medieval theoretical treatises and technical manuals on the sister arts of poetry and calligraphy frame conceptions of individual character, creativity and spontaneity as fundamentally mimetic processes. He has also published translations of contemporary Chinese fiction in journals such as Renditions and Pathlight.