Klapper Hall, Room 702
Writing, Poetry and Poetics, Ethnic Studies, Translation (especially, Japanese literature), Women’s Studies.
Kimiko Hahn is the child of artists, a Japanese American mother from Hawai’i and a German American father from Wisconsin. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and East Asian studies with a certificate in creative writing from the University of Iowa, and a master’s degree in Japanese literature from Columbia University. She is a Distinguished Professor in the MFA Program and committed to exploring new pedagogical avenues in this discipline.
Hahn is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Toxic Flora (W.W. Norton, 2010),The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006); The Artist’s Daughter (2002); Mosquito and Ant (1999); Volatile (Hanging Loose Press, 1998); and The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1995), which received an American Book Award. Other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award; also, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award, the Shelley Memorial Prize. From the judges’ citation for the PEN/Voelcker Award: “With wild courage Kimiko Hahn’s poems voyage fearlessly into explorations of love, sexuality, motherhood, violence, and grief and the way gender inscribes us.” She has also written for film. Hahn describes her current writing concerns: “I continue to be fascinated with outside source material, especially in my subverted versions of the Japanese classical form, the zuihitsu.”
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