Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Art. Winner of the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry. Finalist for the 2020 Big Other Book Award for Poetry. Woven from poems, prose, photographs, and drawings, Don Mee Choi's DMZ COLONY is a tour de force of personal and political reckoning set over eight acts. Evincing the power of translation as a poetic device to navigate historical and linguistic borders, it explores Edward Said's notion of "the intertwined and overlapping histories" in regards to South Korea and the United States through innovative deployments of voice, story, and poetics. Like its sister book, HARDLY WAR (Wave Books, 2016), it holds history accountable, its very presence a resistance to empire and a hope in humankind.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of DMZ COLONY (Wave Books, 2020), HARDLY WAR (Wave Books, 2016), THE MORNING NEWS IS EXCITING (Action Books, 2010), and several chapbooks and pamphlets of poems and essays. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship. She has translated several collections of Kim Hyesoon's poetry, including Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), which received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA