Marilyn Chin

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Marilyn Chin
Marilyn Chin
Born Mei Ling Chin
Hong Kong;
Occupation Writer
Language English
Citizenship USA
Alma mater University of Iowa

Marilyn Chin (陈美玲) is a prominent Chinese American[1] poet and writer, an activist[2] and feminist,[3][4] an editor and Professor of English. She is well-represented in major canonical anthologies and textbooks and her work is taught all over the world. Marilyn Chin's work is a frequent subject of academic research[5] [6] and literary criticism.[7][8] Marilyn Chin has read her poetry at the Library of Congress.


She grew up in Portland, Oregon, after her family emigrated from Hong Kong. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and a B.A. from University of Massachusetts [9] Her poetry focuses on social issues, especially those related to Asian American [10] feminism and bi-cultural identity.[11]

Marilyn Chin has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the United Artists Foundation Fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, the SeaChange fellowship from the Gaia Foundation, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.[12]

She is featured in several authoritative anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry,[13] The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women,[14] The Norton Introduction to Poetry, The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Unsettling America, The Open Boat and The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.

She was interviewed by Bill Moyers and featured in his PBS series "The Language of Life."[15] Her poem “The Floral Apron” was introduced by Garrison Keillor on the PBS special “Poetry Everywhere."[16]” It was also chosen by the BBC to represent the region of Hong Kong during the 2012 Olympics in London.

Marilyn Chin is a Full Professor at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University where she teaches in the MFA program.

Awards and honors[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Edited Anthologies


  1. ^ Gery, John (April 2001). "Mocking My Own Ripeness: Authenticity, Heritage, and Self-Erasure in the Poetry of Marilyn Chin". LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory (12): 25–45. 
  2. ^ Dorothy Wang (2013). "Chapters 3 and 4". Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0804783659.  External link in |publisher=, |title= (help)
  3. ^ Mc Cormick, Adrienne (Spring 2000). "'Being Without': Marilyn Chin's 'I' Poems as Feminist Acts of Theorizing". Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Criticism (6.2): 37–58. 
  4. ^ Allison Marion, ed. (2002). Poetry Criticism. 40. reprint of ‘Being Without’. Gale Group. pp. 18–27.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Catherine Cucinella (2010). "Writing the Body Palimpsest". Poetics of the Body: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Marilyn Chin, and Marilyn Hacker. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230620889.  External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ Anastasia Wright Turner (2013). "Marilyn Chin's Dialectic of Chinese Americanness". In Cheryl Toman. Defying the Global Language: Perspectives in Ethnic Studie. Teneo Press. ISBN 193484484 5. 
  7. ^ Steven G. Yao (2010). "Are You Hate Speech or are You a Lullaby?". Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity. Global Asias Series. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199730334. 
  8. ^ Hsiao, Irene (Fall 2012). "Broken Chord: Sounding Out the Ideogram in Marilyn Chin's Rhapsody in Plain Yellow". MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. 37 (3): 25–45.  External link in |journal= (help)
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  10. ^ Cheung, King-Kok (2014). "Slanted Allusions: Bilingual Poetics and Transnational Politics in Marilyn Chin and Russell Leong". Positions: East Asia cultures critique 21.1. Excerpt in "Amerasia Journal" 37.1/ Spring 2011 pp.45-58. 
  11. ^ "Chin, Marilyn". Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. Infobase Publishing. 2009. p. 107. ISBN 9781438109107. 
  12. ^ Voices from the Gaps Biography
  13. ^ The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. 2 (3rd ed.). 2003. ISBN 0393977927. 
  14. ^ The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Traditions in English. 2 (3rd ed.). 2007. ISBN 0393930149. 
  15. ^ The Language of Life
  16. ^ Poertry Everywhere
  17. ^ "84th Annual California Book Awards Winners". 

External links[edit]

External media
The poem 'Blues on Yellow' from Rhapsody in Plain Yellow
An excerpt from Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen
The poem 'The Floral Apron' at Poetry Everywhere on YouTube
The poem 'Barbarian Sweet' at UCTV