Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and Brews + Prose present Marilyn Chin and Philip Metres

September 9, 2015 / 12:00pm

Free + open to all.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Brews + Prose, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) are proud to present poets Marilyn Chin and Philip Metres reading and in conversation.

Chin, one of two Anisfield-Wolf Book Award poetry winners this year, was born Mei Ling Chin in Hong Kong. Her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where her father transliterated her name to Marilyn, the subject of her biting, funny poem How I Got That Name.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Chin earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa. Her poetry is known for its edge and finesse, often blending Eastern and Western forms as it addresses biculturalism, feminism and Asian identity. Chin, a professor at San Diego State University, has received a Stegner fellowship, the Pen/Josephine Miles award, four Pushcart prizes, the Patterson prize, a Fulbright fellowship and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Philip Metres is the author of Sand Opera (2015), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), abu ghraib arias (2011), and To See the Earth (2008), among others. A two-time recipient of the NEA and the Arab American Book Award, he is professor of English at John Carroll University.

Following the reading, there will be a book signing (books will be available for purchase from the MOCA Store).  

The 2015 Anisfield-Wolf winners will be honored on September 10 at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Click here to learn more about the award.