East Coast Tour

Marilyn gave a series of readings in New York and Boston area.

July 27, 2014

Marilyn presented an afternoon of poetry at Back Pages Books, located in Waltham, MA. She was joined by her dear friend Martha Collins, a well known translator and poet, and a founder of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

July 18, 2014

Grolier Poetry Book Store
Grolier Poetry Book Store

Grolier Poetry Book Shop, famously located in Harvard Square since 1927, hosted a poetry reading by Marilyn Chin and Afaa Weaver. The room was packed and the audience listened raptly to performances by both famous artists.  Afterwards listeners showered Marilyn and Afaa with questions and blogged about it.




July 10, 2014

Marilyn  took part in panel on Re-imagining Asian American (and American) Poetry, hosted at MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America) in New York. The panel also included Paulo Javier, Queens Poet Laureate, and John Yau, a prize-winning poet, critic, and publisher of Black Square Editions. John recently published a book of poetry, Further Adventures in Monochrome.

Thinking Its Presence
Thinking Its Presence

The event was structured around issues of race and poetry, raised by Professor Dorothy J. Wang in her new book  Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry.

John Yau wrote about the MOCA event and Marilyn’s work in an online magazine Hyperallergic.

Hard Love Province on Amazon

Hard Love Province AmazonMarilyn Chin’s new book of poetry, Hard Love Province, went on sale at Amazon today. First dozen pages of poems can be previewed online by clicking on Look inside.

Her poem Brown Girl Manifesto started to attract attention after being published by Poetry Foundation.  Marilyn read Brown Girl Manifesto during her performance at CSUSB, with commentary afterwards.

Also from the new book, poem Two Inch Fables is on Poets.org site, as part of  their Poem-a-Day program. Beautiful Boyfriend is on Poetry Foundation site.

The Voices of Women in American Poetry


On Thursday, Apr 24th, Marilyn Chin will be performing, starting at 7pm, at the Los Angeles Central Library‘s Mark Taper Auditorium, located at 630 W. Fifth Street in the financial district of Los Angeles.

Poetry of America’s 2014 national series taking place in five cities presents a number of distinguished contemporary poets, speaking about Adrienne Rich and Anne Bradstreet, Lucille Clifton and  Gertrude Stein.

Marilyn will speak about Ai Ogawa, or simply Ai (born Florence Anthony), a recently deceased American poet and educator. Ai was highly acclaimed for her free verse poems and much beloved by her friends and colleagues.

During the appearance in Los Angeles, Marilyn will share the stage with Toi Derricotte speaking on Anne Sexton and Percival Everett on Gertrude Stein. The performance will be moderated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America.

After the performance a Q&A Panel was led by Alice Quinn.




This year, East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) held its 36th annual conference in Washington, D.C. Marilyn Chin read a collection of ‘bad girl’ haiku from her upcoming book, “Hard Love Province,” during performances held after Gala ceremonies.




Several young Asian American performers were also showcased, including KT Tatara, a stand-up comedian covering “timeless topics such as gender roles and race” and an amazing rapper and spoken word artist Ruby Ibarra.

Ruby Ibarra
Ruby Ibarra

After her performance Marilyn met with the audience, answered questions and autographed her books.


University of Texas – Arlington

Marilyn presented at University of Texas – Arlington, as part of Visiting Writer Series, organized by Professor Bruce Krajewski, English Studies Chairman. She read many excerpts from her work, including “Blues on Yellow” and “Fox Girl.”

Addressing an auditorium full of students in creative writing, Professor Chin encouraged them to set deadlines for themselves and be patient with their work.

University of Houston-Victoria

Marilyn Chin opened the UHV/ABR Reading Series with an inspired performance on January 30, 2014.  Jeffrey Sartain, an assistant professor in the University of Houston-Victoria School of Arts & Sciences, hosted Marilyn’s visit to the town of Victoria, located between San Antonio and Houston, Texas.

The Reading Series is sponsored by American Book Review, a nonprofit, internationally distributed literary journal that specializes in reviews of works published by small presses.

Marilyn read from her upcoming book of poems, “Hard Love Province” and from her book of fiction, “Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen.” Dr. Sartain was excited to hear her long fiction. “I’m interested to see that dimension of her writing.”

Jeffrey Di Leo, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and ABR publisher said, “Chin goes beyond writing stories about immigration. It is easy to see why her poetry strikes a chord with readers. Her stories are relatable because everyone is trying to figure out how they fit into the world.”