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September 23, 2020

Poet Kimiko Hahn to read from her work via Zoom on Friday, 3:30 p.m.

Submitted by Karin Westman

Kimiko Hahn

On Friday, Sept. 25, poet Kimiko Hahn will read from her work at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Hahn is the author of "Foreign Bodies" (W.W. Norton, 2020) and nine other books of poems, including "Brain Fever" (W.W. Norton, 2014) and "Toxic Flora" (W.W. Norton, 2010), both collections prompted by science; "The Narrow Road to the Interior" (W.W. Norton, 2006), a collection that takes its title from Basho's famous poetic journal; "The Unbearable Heart" (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; and "Earshot" (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award.

Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

"Throughout her incredible career as a writer, Kimiko Hahn has continued to reinvent form in poetry, but one of the reasons I have taught her work for years is that she finds inspiration in some unlikely places," said Traci Brimhall, associate professor of English and director of the program in creative writing.

"In her book 'Toxic Flora' she used the science section from the New York Times to inspire her poems, and her most recent collection 'Foreign Bodies' works with collections at the Mütter Museum of Medical Oddities. I love showing students that STEM belongs in poems," said Brimhall.

For more information about Hahn's work, visit her website.

The reading is sponsored by the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences and SGA fine arts fees.