Hannah Sanghee Park was born in Tacoma, Washington, on May 24, 1986. She holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Her book, The Same-Different, was selected by Rae Armantrout as the winner of the 2014 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2015.
About The Same-Different, Armantrout writes, "The poems in The Same-Different, beginning with a set of gnomic sonnets, tell it slant, then slanter. They are so full of chiasmus, pun, and near-rhyme that their figures twist back on themselves like strands of DNA or a staircase by Escher. They are mirror-bright. This book is a literally dazzling debut."
Park is also the author of a chapbook, Ode Days Ode (The Catenary Press, 2011). Her poems have been published in Best New Poets 2013, Poetry, and Poetry Northwest.
Her honors include a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship in 2013, as well as fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Program, 4Culture, the Iowa Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.
Park attends the Writing for Screen & Television Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she is currently developing a television pilot and a feature-length screenplay. She lives in Los Angeles.