Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of five previous poetry collections and a novel. Her work has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and Best American Poetry, among other publications. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and fellowships from the United States Artists Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other honors. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she lives in San Diego, California.
"Rhythmic ... complex, compelling and human." -- Poetry International "[Marilyn] Chin brings a rich sensuality to her poems, which frequently embody a unique shape and style." -- Library Journal "A high-octane elegy that mourns the beloved even as it implicates the mixed-up world the beloved has left behind." -- Publishers Weekly "The toughness in Chin's poems is something we have yet to reckon with. She embraces and writes about the conundrum of being a daughter of two cultures, a woman growing older, a woman grieving for her lovers, both of whom have died, a woman remembering her childhood... Chin brings something fresh and daring to her work." -- John Yau, Hyperallergic