In addition to her portraits of poets and artists, Ann Mikolowski (1940-1999) did numerous magazine and book covers. Her work is represented in the Detroit Institute of Art as well as private and corporate collections around the country. She was co-publisher of The Alternative Press for over thirty years.
This portrait of writer Bei Dao, measuring 3 and 3/8" by 4 and 5/8" inches, is one of a series of miniature portraits of poets, which includes depictions of John Ashbery, Ron Padgett, Robert Creeley, Ted Berrigan, and numerous others. Read John Yau's excellent discussion of these portraits here.