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Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

HARD LOVE PROVINCE, Marilyn Chin’s latest book of poetry, won this prestigious award for Poetry, the first year the prize was awarded in the Poetry category.


Hard Love Province
Anisfield-Wolf is the National Prize for Literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. It includes Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Wole Soyinka and Junot Díaz, Toni Morrison and Toi Derricotte, 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 got 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 will host the gala awards ceremony on September 10th, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Henry Gates, Jr. will preside over the event, at which Marilyn Chin will be 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 Darfu, Irrawaddy River to San Diego,” points out Anisfield-Wolf juror Rita Dove, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry.

 

Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and the author of Hard Love ProvinceRevenge of the Mooncake VixenRhapsody in Plain YellowThe Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty and Dwarf Bamboo. Her writing has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She 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 has read her poetry at the Library of Congress. She was interviewed by Bill Moyers’ and featured in his PBS series The Language of Life and in PBS Poetry Everywhere.

 

 

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.

She is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women,The Norton Introduction to PoetryThe Oxford Anthology of Modern American PoetryUnsettling America, and The Open Boat.

Marilyn 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. 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. Recently, she was a 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.