Aaron Crippen is a writer and translator whose awards include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the PEN Texas Literary Award for Poetry. He attended the University of Virginia, graduating with honors,He completed a Master of Fine Arts degree and doctorate degree at the University of Houston. He then taught for several years in Georgia before moving on to prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. Now, Dr. Crippen has been teaching Writing at ASU for six years. He enjoys and finds urgency in helping to prepare students for the future.