Nancy Chen Long was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to a Taiwanese mother and an American father who was stationed in Taiwan as a linguist for the U. S. Air Force. Moving to the United States when she was young and ultimately settling in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Chen Long completed a degree in Electrical Engineer Technology, then pursued an MBA and developed a career in technology, working as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager before taking a position at Indiana University in 2005. Chen Long received an MFA from Spalding University in 2013. Her poems have appeared widely in journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, and others. She is a 2017 NEA fellowship recipient and author of the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). She lives in south-central Indiana with her husband and works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division.