Marilyn Chin

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin’s books of poems include HARD LOVE PROVINCE, RHAPSODY IN PLAIN YELLOW, DWARF BAMBOO, and THE PHOENIX GONE, THE TERRACE EMPTY. Her book of fiction is called REVENGE OF THE MOONCAKE VIXEN. She has won numerous awards, including the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, two NEAs, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Lannan and Djerassi Foundations… She is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century Poetry, and The Best American Poetry… She was featured in Bill Moyers’ PBS series The Language of Life, and Poetry Everywhere, introduced by Garrison Keillor. She has read and taught workshops all over the world. She is Professor Emerita of San Diego State University. Recently, she was guest poet at universities in Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sydney and Berlin, Iowa and elsewhere. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu. Her new book of poems Hard Love Province won the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2015, an award that honors important contributions that address the issues of racism and diversity. Presently, Marilyn Chin is the Grace Hazard Conkling Poet-in-Resident at Smith College.