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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
phone: 616.395.7620
fax: 616.395.7134


English Department Faculty

David Cho
Assistant Professor

Education: B.A., University of Illinois (1995); M.F.A., Purdue University (1999); M.A., Purdue University (2001); M.A.T., University of Washington (2006); Ph.D., University of Washington (2006).

Expertise: Late 19th to 20th Century American Literature, Critical Theory and Theories of Cultural Nationalism, American Ethnic Literatures, Asian American Literature, Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, Contemporary and Modern American Poetry and Fiction, Creative Writing, Critical Pedagogy.

Selected Works: Night Sessions (2011), "The Resource Guide to John Okada's No-No Boy," has been accepted by the Western Writers Series, focusing on Pacific Northwest and West Coast Writers, to be completed this year; "Lost in Space: Alternative Narrative, National, and Historical Visions of the Korean American Subject in Select 20th Century Korean American Novels" is currently being revised to submit as a complete manuscript. Other work (literary and creative) published in journals like Amerasia, Many Mountains Moving, Prairie Schooner, Theology Today, and The American Scholar.

Distinctions: Future of American Studies "Seminarian," Dartmouth University, (2005-2008); Afton Woolley Crooks Dissertation Fellowship, Dept. of Engl., Univ. of Washington (2005); Graduate Minority Achievement Program Fellow, University of Washington-Seattle (2004); Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2002); Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence, Univ. of Washington-Seattle (2001-2); "Illinois Featured Poet" in Spoon River Poetry Review (2001); "Night Session," finalist for Ohio State University Press (2001) and semi-finalist for the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize at Story Line Press (2000); poems nominated for Utne Reader Alternative Press Award (2002), Best Spiritual Writing (2002), Best American Poetry, (2002); poems in Flyway Literary Review, Asian American Special Edition.

Contact: Lubbers Hall 335


Night Sessions (2011)
The collection presents snapshots of the Korean American experience through poems ranging from the hardships of first generation Korean immigrants, their blue-collar work (though many had professional degrees), and arduous immigration to the United States to the rise of the second and even third generation, of culturally Americanized youth attempting to reconcile their bi-cultural heritage.