Christopher Elford studies medieval Chinese literature, with a focus on poetry, calligraphy and material culture. 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. His dissertation project gives a new account of the co-emergence of the concepts of individual literary and calligraphic style in China between the second and the sixth centuries CE. He has also published translations of contemporary Chinese fiction in journals such as Renditions and Pathlight.