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Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and author. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, her works have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin’s books of poems include SAGE, A PORTRAIT OF THE SELF AS NATION, HARD LOVE PROVINCE, RHAPSODY IN PLAIN YELLOW, DWARF BAMBOO, and THE PHOENIX GONE, THE TERRACE EMPTY. She also published a book of magical fiction called REVENGE OF THE MOONCAKE VIXEN. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese revolutionary poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.
Chin has won numerous awards, including the Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime achievement in poetry, the American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the United Artist Foundation award, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, the PEN-Josephine Miles Book award, two NEAs, the Stegner Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, the California Assembly API Heritage Caucus Award for Excellence in Education, and others.
Chin is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. Her “Urban Love Poem” was featured in the PBS series Poetry in America, and she has been active in the Dear Poet video series for the Academy of American Poets.
She has read and taught workshops all over the world. Recently, she was guest poet at the universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sydney, Hilo, Berlin, Iowa, Princeton and elsewhere. She is Professor Emerita at San Diego State University and presently serves as a Chancellor at the Academy of American Poets.