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Acclaimed Poet Marilyn Chin Coming to DePauw in 2018 as Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing

April 8, 2017

Marilyn Chin, an award-winning Chinese American poet, writer and activist, is coming to DePauw University in the Spring of 2018 as Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing.

Chin was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Oregon. "A noted anthologist, translator and educator as well as a poet and novelist, Chin's work distills her experiences both as an Asian American and as a politically attuned woman," notes a Poetry Foundation biography. "Her poetry is noted for its direct and often confrontational attitude. "

A faculty member in the San Diego State University Department of English and Comparative Literature M.F.A. program, Chin's work is a frequent subject of academic research and literary criticism.

Her honors include 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, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Chin will teach a poetry workshop at DePauw.

An endowment gift by J. David Field, professor emeritus of English at DePauw University (seen at left in 1995 photo), created the professorship in 2007. Appointments to this chair bring nationally recognized and practicing writers to DePauw as visiting and/or permanent members of the faculty.

Learn more about the professorship in this previous story.