BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ke Yan, a well-known poet, writer and former member of the Secretariat of the China Writers Association, died of illness Sunday at the age 82.
Ke Yan was born in Zhengzhou, in the central Chinese province of Henan, on July 14, 1929.
She mainly wrote for kids in the early part of her career. From 1976, she published a large number of poems, novels and plays, some of which were translated to different languages. Many of her works were included in textbooks for elementary and high schools as well as universities.
Ke Yan was a delegate at the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and a deputy at the eighth and ninth National People's Congresses. She was also an honorary member of the National Committee of the China Writers Association.