Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and author. She has read her poetry at the Library of Congress, and her writing has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, Chin masterfully weaves her identity into her work. Her works have become Asian American classics, taught in classrooms internationally. Her books include Hard Love Province, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty and Dwarf Bamboo. Interviewed by Bill Moyers’, Chin was featured in his PBS series The Language of Life and in PBS Poetry Everywhere.
Chin is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Unsettling America, and The Open Boat. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.
Chin has read and taught workshops all over the world. Recently, she taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and was guest poet at universities in Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sydney, and Berlin. She was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
In addition to teaching in the MFA program at San Diego State University, she also serves as mentor on the international faculty of The City University of Hong Kong’s low residency MFA program, the first of such programs in Asia.
HARD LOVE PROVINCE, Marilyn Chin’s latest book of poetry, won this prestigious award for Poetry in 2015, the first year the prize was awarded in the Poetry category.
Anisfield-Wolf is the National Prize for Literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. It includes Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston, Gwendolyn Brooks and Oprah Winfrey among its winners.
Dr. King received the award in 1959, for his first book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, a historic account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama.
Malcolm X received one in 1966 for his autobiography, coauthored with Alex Haley. Oprah Winfrey was was recognized in 2010 for her Lifetime Achievement.
Anisfield-Wolf Prize was established in 1935, to recognize books that increase our understanding of racism and cultural diversity. It is administered by the Cleveland Foundation, that hosted the Gala Awards ceremony on September 10th, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Henry Gates, Jr. presided over the event, at which Marilyn Chin was lauded among the winners in various categories.
“In these sad and beautiful poems, a withering portrayal of our global ‘society’ emerges – from Buddha to Allah, Mongols to Bethesda boys, Humvee to war horse, Dachau to West Darfur, Irrawaddy River to San Diego,” points out Anisfield-Wolf juror Rita Dove, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry.
Marilyn Chin has won numerous awards for her poetry, 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, the SeaChange fellowship from the Gaea Foundation, and residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation and others.