Marilyn Chin Poems

Marilyn Chin is a Hong Kong author who grew up in Portland, Oregon. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is well regarded as a poet, novelist, educator, and translator. Her work is infused with her mixed heritage and has won numerous awards, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

How I Got That Name

by Marilyn Chin

‘How I Got That Name’ by Marilyn Chin begins with an epigraph that reads, “an essay on assimilation.” Although this

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