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Activist Poet and Scholar to Present Reading at Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Event

Activist Poet and Scholar to Present Reading at Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Event

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Marilyn Chin, activist poet and instructor in the Master of Fine Arts Program at San Diego State University, will be the featured reader at the Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series being held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel.

The event, which is being sponsored by the UPJ Writing Major, is free of charge and open to the public.  A book signing will follow.

Born in Hong Kong in 1955, Ms. Chin came to the United States soon after with her family.  She is the author of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty, and Dwarf Bamboo.  These books have become Asian-American classics and are taught in classrooms across the nation.

In the 1970s she was the translator for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she co-translated The Selected Poems of Ai Qing.  Her poetry has appeared in leading literary journals, including The Iowa Review, The Paris Review, and Parnassus.

She has been awarded two NEA Fellowships, two Fulbright Fellowships, a Stegner Fellowship, four Pushcart Prizes, a Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, among many other honors.

The Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series began in 2004. 

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2006.
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