Academy Chancellor Marilyn Chin in New York City (November 14 & 15, 2018)

Join Academy Chancellor Marilyn Chin for readings, Q&As, and a craft talk in New York City on November 14 and 15, 2018.

On Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m., at Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Translation will partner with Kundiman to present a reading by Chin. She will be reading from her latest collection, A Portrait of the Self as a Nation: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2018), which will be followed by a Q&A session led by MFA alum Kiyomi Dong. A full reception will follow in the lobby of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, as well as a book signing, with book sales courtesy of The Queens Bookshop. To find out more, visit:

And on Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m., the Poetry Society of America and Poets House will present a celebration of Chin's new collection. Chin will be reading from her work, presenting a brief craft talk, and taking part in a Q&A moderated by Poets House Program Director and poet Paolo Javier. A book signing and reception will follow. This event is co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, Poets House, W. W. Norton, and Kundiman, and is free and open to the public. To find out more, visit:

Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America's most original and vital voices. 

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of A Portrait of the Self As Nation: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2018); Hard Love Province (W.W. Norton, 2014), which won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (W. W. Norton, 2002); The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (Milkweed Editions, 1994); and Dwarf Bamboo (Greenfiled Review Press, 1987). In addition to writing poetry, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu. She is also the author of a novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (W. W. Norton, 2009).

She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, the SeaChange fellowship from the Gaea Foundation, the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, as well as residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Foundation, and the Djerassi Foundation.

Chin has taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and served as guest poet at universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sydney, and Berlin. In 2018, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is currently professor emerita at San Diego State University.