Kimiko Hahn

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Distinguished Professor
Assistant Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation  
Klapper Hall, Room 702  

Writing, Poetry and Poetics, Ethnic Studies, Translation (especially, Japanese literature), Women’s Studies.

Kimiko Hahn is the child of artists: a Japanese American mother from Hawai’i and a German American father from Wisconsin. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and East Asian studies with a certificate in creative writing from the University of Iowa. Her master’s degree is in Japanese literature from Columbia University. A distinguished professor in the English Department and the MFA Program, Hahn is committed to exploring new pedagogical avenues.

Hahn is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Foreign Bodies (W.W.Norton, 2020) and Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014), Toxic Flora (2010). A passionate advocate of chapbooks, Hahn’s latest is Brittle Process (Paper Nautilus Press, 2019). Other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award; also, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award, the Shelley Memorial Prize. From the judges’ citation for the PEN/Voelcker Award: “With wild courage Kimiko Hahn’s poems voyage fearlessly into explorations of love, sexuality, motherhood, violence, and grief and the way gender inscribes us.” She has also collaborated on film and photography projects. Hahn describes her current writing concerns: “I continue to be fascinated with outside source material, especially in my subverted versions of the Japanese classical form, the zuihitsu.”