Marilyn Chin is the author of Dwarf Bamboo (Greenfield Review Press, 1987) and The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty (Milkweed Editions, 1994). Her latest book, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, was published by Norton in 2002. Her books have become Asian-American classics and are taught in classrooms across the nation. She has won numerous awards for her poetry, including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, and residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Residency, the Djerassi Foundation, and others.
Chin’s work is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The Norton Introduction to Poetry, The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Unsettling America, The Open Boat, and The Best American Poetry of 1996. Her poetry was also featured in Bill Moyers’s PBS series The Language of Life. She codirects the MFA program at San Diego State University.
During her year at the Radcliffe Institute, Chin will work on a book of poetry and continue her multilayered, multidimensional, intercultural singing, spinning tales about the trials of immigration, exile, thwarted interracial love, and social justice. Chin intends to use the Harvard Yenching Library to research poetry and tales written by classical and modern Chinese women writers—and to give voice to those who have been neglected and obscured by literary history.