Competition: US & Canada
Queens College, CUNY
Kimiko Hahn is the author of eight poetry collections, including Earshot (1992) and Volatile (1998), both published by Hanging Loose Press, and Mosquito and the Ant (1999), The Artist’s Daughter (2002), The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006), and, most recently, Toxic Flora (2010), all issued by W. W. Norton. She has also written texts for film, most recently Everywhere at Once, which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.
The intelligence and inventiveness of her lyric poetry, which is noted for its frequent exploration of traditional Japanese poetic forms, has earned her two NEA Fellowships in Poetry (1982 and 1986), the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize (1995), American Book Award (1996), Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award (1997-2000), Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America (2007), and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry (2008).
A graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A. in English and East Asian Studies, 1977) and Columbia University (M.A., Japanese literature, 1984), Ms. Hahn is currently a Distinguished Professor at Queens College of the City University of New York.