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,
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
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,
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.
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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.