Born to Korean parents on August 7, 1976, Cathy Park Hong was raised in Los Angeles. She studied at Oberlin College before earning an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop.
Hong's most recent poetry collection is Engine Empire (W. W. Norton, 2013). Her debut, Translating Mo'um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002) received a Pushcart Prize, and Dance Dance Revolution (W. W. Norton, 2007) was selected for the Barnard Women Poets Prize by Adrienne Rich. She is also the author of the essay collection Minor Feelings (One World/Random House, 2020), which was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.
Hong's poetry evokes a sense of split identity and alienation from Anglo-American culture. Cal Bedient, in the Boston Review characterized her writing as "brilliant, feisty, and formidable." A review of her work in Rain Taxi Review of Books described Hong's "meticulously honed, visceral poetic" as "simultaneously beautiful and furiously anti-beautiful," work that "manages to create a space for the irreducibility of meaning."
Hong's awards and honors include a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters, and a 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize. She teaches at Rutgers University in Newark and also serves as the poetry editor for New Republic.
Engine Empire (W. W. Norton, 2013)
Dance Dance Revolution (W. W. Norton, 2007)
Translating Mo'um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002)
Minor Feelings (One World/Random House, 2020)