Marilyn Chin

Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2017
Tuesday, 4-6 p.m.
And by appointment.

Pierce Hall 004



M.F.A., University of Iowa

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst


Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and the author of Hard Love Province; Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen; Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty; and Dwarf Bamboo. She was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Chin has read her poetry at the Library of Congress. She was featured in the PBS series The Language of Life with Bill Moyers and in Poetry Everywhere.

Chin has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the United Artists Foundation fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio Center, two NEA awards, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan and others.

She is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, The Norton Anthology of Literature by WomenThe Norton Introduction to Poetry and the Anthology of Modern American Poetry. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.

Chin has read and taught workshops all over the world. She taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and was a guest poet at universities in Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sydney and Berlin. She is a Professor Emerita in the master of fine arts program at San Diego State University and has served as a mentor on the international faculty of the City University of Hong Kong’s low residency master of fine arts program, the first of such programs in Asia.

Selected Publications

Hard Love Province. W. W. Norton & Company, 2014.

Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. W.W. Norton & Company, 2009. 

Rhapsody in Plain Yellow. W. W. Norton & Company, 2002.

The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty. Milkweed Editions, 1994.

Dwarf Bamboo. Greenfield Review Literary Center, Inc., 1987.