The Growler

Marilyn Chin Interview

• Working through grief with elegies
• Dealing with discrimination
• Writing openly about sexuality
• Teaching at an MFA program (and some advice for those applying to MFA programs)
• Learning about rhyme through hip hop

 

About Chin

Chin is the author of a novel and four esteemed poetry collections, including Hard Love Province, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for a work of literature that “confronts racism and examines diversity”; other recipients of this award include Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Toni Morrison, and Maxine Hong Kingston. A pioneering feminist, Asian American writer, Chin’s writings have been widely anthologized and featured at the Library of Congress and on Bill Moyers’ series PBS Poetry Everywhere and The Language of Life among other venues. About Chin’s poems, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove noted, “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 Darfur, Irrawaddy River to San Diego.”