Marilyn Chin, author of many critically acclaimed Asian American books of poetry, will be at Cal State San Marcos Thursday March 18th to read parts of her newly published poetry book titled Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen: A Manifesto in 41 Tales.
Born in Hong Kong in 1955 Marilyn Chin soon after moved to Portland, Oregon where she grew up with a traditional Chinese family. Soon after graduating high school, Marilyn Chin decided to go to the University of Iowa and graduated with her Masters in Fine Arts. During her time at University of Iowa Marilyn was hired as the translator and editor in the International Writing Program from 1978 to 1982. After some time away from the Collegiate world she moved away from the Midwest to the West Coast and in 1988 became an assistant professor in the creative writing department at San Diego State University. In 1996 she made her way up and became the Director of the M.F.A. program at San Diego State and over the years since was given the honor of visiting professor at various Colleges and Universities across the Country and Internationally.
During her time moving up the ladder in the Collegiate World, Marilyn Chin found the time to write poetry and became a well renowned writer, writing such poetry books as Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (2002), The Phoenix Gone, The Terrance Empty (1994), and Dwarf Bamboo (1997). Furthermore, many of her poems have also been included in anthologies such as The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, The Best American Poetry of 1996, and The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry.
Although this is a lot of work for just one person to do in just such a short period, however, it is something she still enjoys doing. She continues to work towards the spread of poetry and hopefully lighting a fire of passion students to find their own voice through poetry and the written language.
The poetry reading at Cal State San Marcos is Thursday March 18th at 7 pm. It is open to the public and will take place in Markstein Hall room 125.