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EDUCATION

PhD in Literature & Creative Writing, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2015.
  • Dissertation (creative): Babbage’s Dream (poetry)
  • Dissertation (critical): Nineteenth-Century Artificial Intelligences: Thinking Machines, Mechanized Minds, and the Victorian Detective
  • Committee: David St. John, Hilary Schor, Deborah Harkness (History)
MFA in Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside, CA, 2006
  • Thesis: The Lost Country of Sight (poetry)
  • Committee: Chris Abani, Christopher Buckley, Maurya Simon
BS in Computer Science, Mathematics minor, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1999.
  • Areas of Focus: Application Design, Artificial Intelligence, Code Optimization
  • Graduate coursework: Creative Writing Workshop (3x), Asian American Literature
Kundiman, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2005, 2006, 2008.
  • Faculty: Kazim Ali, Bei Dao, Oliver de la Paz, Sarah Gambito, Lawson Inada, Tan Lin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jon Pineda, Patrick Rosal, Arthur Sze

PUBLICATIONS

Books (Poetry)
  • Babbage’s Dream. Sundress Publications, 2017.
    • Semi-finalist: Anthony Hecht Prize
  • The Lost Country of Sight. Winner of the Philip Levine Prize. Anhinga Press, 2008.
    • Finalist: May Swenson Prize
    • Semi-finalist: Elixir Press Prize, Brittingham-Pollak Prizes
Chapbook (Poetry)
  • Leviathan. Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016.
    • Winner, Elgin Prize for Science Fiction Poetry Chapbook
Journals & Magazines (Poetry)
The Adroit Journal
American Literary Review
American Poetry Journal
Anagram
Anti-
Avatar Review
Barn Owl Review
Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets
The Collagist
The College Mathematics Journal
The Cossack Review
Crab Orchard Review
diagram
The Dialogist
diode
DMQ Review
The Drunken Boat
Eleven Eleven
Exit 7
Inscape
Iron Horse Literary Review
I.T Post Magazine
Kartika Review
Lantern Review
Likewise Folio
MiPOesias
Moria
Ninth Letter
The Normal School
Ostrich Review
Pebble Lake Review
Poetic Diversity
Portland Review
Prairie Poetry
Radar Poetry
Redactions
RHINO
Rock & Sling
Silk Road
Southern Poetry Review
Sou’wester
Spillway
Stirring
Sunstone
Tayo Literary Journal
Thrush Poetry Journal
Washington Square
Weave
Anthologies (Poetry)
  • Moth & Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death, ed. Stephen Carter. Signature Books, 2017.
  • The Poet’s Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder, eds. Todd Swift. Fr. Oliver Brennan. Eyewear Press, 2016.
  • Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing & Art, ed. Brandy Lien-Worrall. Rabbit Fool Press, 2015.
  • Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-first Century Mormon Poets, ed. Tyler Chadwick. Peculiar Pages, 2011.
  • Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug: Ten Years of Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, eds. Steve Ramirez, Ben Trigg. Tebot Bach Press, 2011.
  • Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees, eds Christopher Buckley, Christopher Howell. The Backwaters Press, 2011.
  • The Loudest Voice, Volume 1, eds. Amaranth Borsuk, Bryan Hurt, Genevieve Kaplan. Figueroa Press, 2010.
  • The Best of Mormonism 2009, ed. Stephen Carter. Curelom Books, 2009.
  • Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets, eds. Paul Suntup, Dima Hilal, Mindy Nettifee. Tebot Bach Press, 2006.
  • Homage to Vallejo, ed. Christopher Buckley. Greenhouse Review Press, 2006.

AWARDS & HONORS

International & National
  • Winner, Elgin Award for Poetry Chapbook, Science Fiction Poetry Association, for Leviathan (2017)
  • Finalist, Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowship, University of Wisconsin (2015)
  • Semi-finalist, Anthony Hecht Prize, Waywiser Press, Babbage’s Dream (2015)
  • Winner, Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest, for “Vigil” (2014)
  • Winner, DJS Translation Prize, for co-translations of Lü De’an, Sun Wenbo, Jiang Tao, Qin Xiaoyu,Yang, Xiaobin, Zhang Zhihao, Liu Jiemin, Yu Xiang, Lü Yue, and Jiang Li (2011)
  • Winner, Association of Mormon Letters Poetry Prize, The Lost Country of Sight (2009)
  • Winner, Philip Levine Prize, CSU Fresno/Anhinga Press, The Lost Country of Sight (2008)
  • Finalist, May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press, The Lost Country of Sight (2007)
  • Semi-finalist, Elixir Press Prize, Elixir Press, The Lost Country of Sight (2007)
  • Semi-finalist, Elixir Press Prize, Elixir Press, The Lost Country of Sight (2006)
  • Semi-finalist, Brittingham-Pollak Prizes, University of Wisconsin, The Lost Country of Sight (2005)
  • Winner, Prairie Poetry Friends’ Prize, for “Adrift” (2004)
Local & Regional
  • Winner, Poetry Moves Contest, Clark County Transit (C-Tran), Clark County, WA for “Extern” (2015)
Institutional
  • Honorable mention, Edward W. Moses Creative Writing Prize, University of Southern California (2014)
  • Winner, Edward W. Moses Creative Writing Prize, University of Southern California (2012)
  • Second place, Inscape Poetry Competition, Brigham Young University, for “Burials” (1999)
  • Honorable mention, Brigham Young University Eisteddfod, for “Love Song” (1999)

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • Summer Fellowship, English Department, University of Southern California (2014, 2012)
  • Summer Research Fellowship, English Department, University of Southern California (2013)
  • Giles-Siebert Summer Fellowship, English Department, University of Southern California (2010)
  • Kundiman Poetry Fellow (2005, 2006, 2008)
  • Merit Fellowship, English Department, University of Southern California (2007-2008)
  • Dean’s Fellowship & Stipend, Creative Writing Department, University of California, Riverside (2004-2006)

WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS, & READINGS

Workshops

De-Canon: A Visibility Project

  • “Journey into the Interior: A Generative Writing Workshop,” Milepost 5, Portland, OR, Aug 18, 2018
  • “Healing the Fractures: Writing from Deep Experience,”in conjunction with APANO Mic Check Series, Milepost 5, Portland, OR, Jun 23, 2018
  • “Spatial Poetics: Place & Displacement,” Milepost 5, Portland, OR, May 26, 2018
  • “Beyond Language: Image, Memory, and Translation,” UNA Gallery, Portland, OR, Aug 12, 2017

Astoria Writers’ Guild

  • “Fire in the Mind: Writing Memorable Images,” Astoria, OR, Jul 23, 2018

Literary Arts

  • “Journey into the Interior: A Generative Writing Workshop,” Literary Arts, Portland, OR, Apr 7, 2018
  • “Little Machines of Words: A Generative Writing Workshop,” Literary Arts, Portland, OR, Mar 3, 2018
  • “The Fire in the Mind: A Generative Writing Workshop,” Literary Arts, Portland, OR, Feb 3, 2018
  • “Out of Sorrow, Out of Joy: A Generative Writing Workshop,” Literary Arts, Portland, OR, Jan 6, 2018
  • “Beyond Language: Image, Memory, and Translation,” Literary Arts / Wordstock Festival, Portland, OR, Nov 11, 2017

Sue C. Boynton Workshop Series

  • “Writing at the Threshold of Loss and Desire,” Chuckanut Center, Bellingham, WA, Oct 28, 2017

Western Washington University

  • “Upheaval & Eruption: Writing at the Intersection of Fields,” Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, Oct 27, 2018

Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival

  • “The Heart of the Poem: Writing from Deep Experience,” Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Jun 16, 2012
  • “The Heart of the Poem: Writing from Deep Experience,” Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Jun 11, 2011
  • “The Heart of the Poem: Writing from Deep Experience,” Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Jun 13, 2010
Presentations & Panels
  • “Beauty, Loss, and the Intangible: Babbage’s Unfinished Machines,” featured speaker, Belmont Humanities
    Symposium, Belmont University, Nashville, TN (Sep 2016).
  • “Philip Levine Prize Winners Remembering Philip Levine,” panel with Corrine Hales, Barbara B. Curiel, Steve
    Gehrke, and Sarah Wetzel. AWP 2016, Los Angeles, CA. (Mar 2016).
  • “A Machine Made of Words: Babbage, Lovelace, and the Dream of the Mechanical Other,” invited lecture,
    Whittier College, Whittier, CA. (Mar 2015).
  • “To E, or Not to E: Journals in the 21st Century,” panel with Eric Greenwell, Marianne Kunkel, Michael
    Meyerhofer, and Nate Liederbach. AWP 2014, Seattle, WA. (Feb 2014).
  • “Ring of Fire, New Creations: Translation on the Pacific Rim,” Karen An-hwei Lee, Don Mee Choi, Sawako
    Nakayasu, and Srikanth Reddy. AWP 2014, Seattle, WA. (Feb 2014).
  • “Kundiman from Community to Communities: Reaching out from the Writers’ Retreat,” panel discussion with
    Sarah Gambito, Tamiko Beyer, Andre Yang, and Margaret Rhee. AWP 2011, Washington, DC. (Feb 2011).
  • “Smashing the Box: Fresh Faces and First Books by Asian American Poets,” panel discussion with Esther Lee,
    Cynthia Arrieu-King, Gary Jackson, and Purvi Shah. AWP 2011, Washington, DC. (Feb 2011).
  • “Kundiman Kindles the Flame: New Asian American Poetry,” panel discussion with Aimee Nezhukumatahil,
    Sarah Gambito, Oliver de la Paz, Ching-In Chen, and Timothy Yu. AWP 2009, Chicago, IL. (Feb 2009).
Recent Readings (2016-)
  • Why There Are Words PDX, Leach Botanical Gardens, Portland, OR, Aug 19, 2018
  • Where Poetry and History Meet, De-Canon, Milepost 5, Portland, OR, Aug 9, 2018
  • Whitenoise Project, IPRC, Portland, OR, Aug 6, 2018
  • IPRC 20th Anniversary, IPRC, Portland, OR, Jun 22, 2018
  • The Evershifting Diaspora: Kundiman Writers in the PNW, Literary Arts, Portland, OR, May 31, 2018
  • Displacement, Movement, & Loss, De-Canon, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, May 18, 2018
  • EOC APIA Heritage Month, Multnomah County Board Room, Portland, OR, May 4, 2018
  • Sci Fi Poets Reading, Another Read Through, Portland, OR, Feb 22, 2018
  • Ghost Town Poetry, Angst Gallery, Vancouver, WA, Jan 11, 2018
  • Intersect Fest, Ford Food & Drink, Portland, OR, Dec 8, 2017
  • Whittier College, Whittier, CA, Nov 30, 2017
  • Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, Ugly Mug Cafe, Orange, CA, Nov 29, 2017
  • Spoken Word Club, Laguna Woods Village Community Center, Laguna Woods, CA, Nov 28, 2017
  • First Press Series, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, Nov 27, 2017
  • Pop-Up Reading, Portland Wordstock Literary Festival, Portland, OR, Nov 11, 2017
  • Portland Community College, Sylvania, Portland, OR, Nov 7, 2017
  • Kundiman Reading, LitCrawl Seattle, Seattle, WA, Oct 19, 2017
  • De-Canon WORDS Reading, UNA Gallery, Portland, OR, Aug 5, 2017
  • Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, Portland, OR, Jun 23, 2017
  • Whitenoise Project, High & Low Gallery, Portland, OR, May 31, 2017
  • Association of Asian American Studies, Kells Irish Restaurant and Bar, Portland, OR, Apr 14 , 2017
  • Living Canon: Panel & Reading, High & Low Gallery, Portland, OR, Mar 11, 2017
  • University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Mar 6, 2017
  • Barnlight Bar, Eugene, OR, Mar 5, 2017
  • In Bloom: Kundiman Reading (AWP), BloomBars, Washington, D.C., Feb 11, 2017
  • Sundress Reading (AWP), Madame’s Organ, Washington, D.C., Feb 9, 2017
  • Another Read Through, Jan 26, 2017
  • Free Verse: Poetry & Improv, Brody Theater, Portland, OR, Dec 9, 2016
  • À Reading, Portland, OR, Oct 30, 2016
  • Mic Drop!, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Portland, OR, 21 Sep 21, 2016
  • Another Read Through, Portland, OR, Jun 30, 2016
  • Verse of Ages Reading, Oregon Writers Colony, Portland, OR, Apr 13, 2016
  • The AWP After-Party “We Survived” Reading, Chevalier Books, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 3, 2016
  • Neuwerk Reading Series, The Waypost, Portland, OR, Jan 14, 2016