2023 Poetry by the Sea Keynote Speaker: Marilyn Chin

Poetry by the Sea is thrilled to welcome Marilyn Chin as our seventh Keynote speaker. The conference will run from Tuesday May 23rd to Friday May 26th, 2023, and the Keynote reading will take place on Wednesday, May 24th following the banquet. Books will be available for sale before and after the Keynote, and you are also welcome to bring books you already own for a brief signing after the event. We look forward to opening the registration portal in early January 2023; meanwhile, we are grateful for your continued support.

Marilyn Chin is the award-winning poet and author of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (2003), Hard Love Province (2014), and A Portrait of the Self as Nation (2018), among others. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, Chin’s works have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Contemporary Women Poets essayist Anne-Elizabeth Green observed, “The pains of cultural assimilation infuse [Chin’s] poems.” She is also the author of the novel Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (2009). In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.

Chin has read and taught workshops all over the world. Recently, she was guest poet at universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sydney, Berlin, Iowa and elsewhere. She’s won numerous awards, including the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, two NEAs, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan.

She is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century Poetry, and The Best American Poetry.

She is Professor Emerita at San Diego State University and presently serves as a Chancellor at the Academy of American Poets.