Don Mee Choi

Current Fellow

Fellow: Awarded 2021

Field of Study: Poetry

Competition: US & Canada


Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010) and several pamphlets of poems and essays. She is a recipient of the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry, 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize (Translation), 2019 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship, 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship, 2012 & 2019 Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and 2011 Whiting Award for Poetry.

Choi’s poetry incorporates photos by her father, a war photographer, and other visual and archival materials in order to explore the overlapping histories of Korea and the US. More of Choi’s books, translations, and interdisciplinary arts projects can be seen on her website.

Photo Credit: SONG Got