Li Tuo is a Chinese writer, critic and adjunct research associate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of the novel Beijing Blues, Wither Falls the Avalanche, as well as numerous other works. In the 1980s, he became a prize winning fiction writer and screenplay writer. In his role as the Executive Editor of Beijing Literature, he helped bring about a new generation of avant-garde writers in contemporary China. Li Tuo was the founding editorof Horizons in the mid-1990s and co-edited the journal with Chen Yangu. He is also a longstanding member of the editorial board of the literary magazine Today.