Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Oregon.
Her books of poetry include: Hard Love Province (2014), which won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (2002); The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty (1994); and Dwarf Bamboo (1987). Her novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, was published in 2009.
Chin has won awards from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received a Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, and residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Lannan Residency, and the Djerassi Foundation.
Her work has been featured in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, The Norton Introduction to Poetry and The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry. She was featured in Bill Moyers’ PBS series The Language of Life.
She taught at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and was guest poet at universities around the world.
She has translated poems by Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu, and she has edited anthologies of Asian-American writing, including Dissident Song (1991) and Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004).
Chin co-directs the MFA program at San Diego State University.