The Visiting Writers Series is proud to present a poetry reading by internationally-renowned Chinese-American writer Marilyn Chin on Friday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Chin's most recent book, Hard Love Province, won the Anisfield-Wolf Prize, a National Prize for Literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. Previous winners of the prize include Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston, Gwendolyn Brooks and Oprah Winfrey.
Marilyn Chin is the author of Hard Love Province, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The 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.
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.
The reading will also feature student writer Michele Lee '16, who is double majoring in English: Creative Writing and Women's & Gender Studies. Michele is the chair of the Women's Resource Center and the chief copy editor of The Sycamore student magazine. She is currently wholly dependent on coffee and the Hamilton soundtrack.