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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

PUBLICATIONS

POETRY / Books
  • 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
POETRY / Chapbook
  • Leviathan. Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016.
    • Winner, Elgin Prize for Science Fiction Poetry Chapbook 
POETRY / Journals & Magazines
  • “Approaching Infinity.” American Poetry Journal. Issue 17 (2 Dec 2018).
  • “Letter XXI,” “Letter XXXV.” Moria. Issue 1 (27 Nov 2017).
  • “Babbage and Carroll in the Silent Workshop, 1867.” The Adroit Journal. Issue 18 (25 Oct 2016).
  • “Compile,” “Object.” The Cossack Review. (6 May 2016).
  • “Deep Blue Confesses,” “HAL 9000, A Few Moments Before Singing.” Tayo Literary Journal. (20 May 2015).
  • “The Mechanical Turk, Encircled by Flames, Bids Farewell.” Stirring. Issue 17.3 (1 Mar 2015).
  • “Binary.” Thrush Poetry Journal. Issue 18 (1 Sep 2014).
  • “Assembly,” “Float.” Radar Poetry. Issue 3 (14 Jul 2014).
  • “Double,” “Operator.” diode. Issue 7.2 (21 Jun 2014).
  • “Letter Seventeen.” I.T Post Magazine. Issue 15 (2014).
  • “Babbage, Waking Beside Georgiana, Considers the Moon, 1815.” Stirring. Issue 16.4 (2 Apr 2014).
  • “Break,” “Short.” Eleven Eleven. Issue 16 (12 Mar 2014).
  • “Encapsulation,” “Long.” Ostrich Review. Issue 5 (26 Feb 2014).
  • “Loop,” “Leviathan Speaks to Babbage at the End.” Anti-, Issue 13 (1 Dec 2013).
  • “Babbage Reflecting on the Cruelty of Man, 1835,” “Babbage Sending Messages to Ada, Now Gone, 1852,” “Return,” “Void.” The Dialogist, Issue 1.3 (4 Sep. 2013).
  • “Babbage in Love, 1811,” “Babbage Descending into Mt. Vesuvius, 1828.” Exit 7, Issue 2 (2013).
  • “List.” American Literary Review, Issue 23.2/24.1 (2012).
  • “Refusing the Dark.” Likewise Folio, Issue 1 (3 Nov. 2012).
  • “Babbage Explaining God and the Machine,” “Variable.” The Normal School, Issue 5.2 (2012).
  • “Cast.” Kartika Review, Issue 13 (12 Aug. 2012).
  • “Babbage Leaving Turin by Coach, 1840.” RHINO (2012).
  • “Memory,” “Recursion.” Lantern Review, Issue 4 (25 Feb. 2012).
  • “Extern.” Iron Horse Literary Review, Issue 13.2 (2011).
  • “Alpha60 Speaks of Fear,” “Babbage, Troubled by Vision at His Wife’s Grave, 1827.” The Collagist, Issue 26
    (15 Sep. 2011).
  • “Programmer F, Descending.” Weave Magazine, Issue 3 (2009).
  • “Array,” “Pointer.” diode, Issue 2.3 (11 May 2009).
  • “In Hsin Chu.” (reprint), Sunstone (2009).
  • “Enumeration.” Ninth Letter, Issue 5.2 (2009).
  • “An Hour Before Arriving, I See Home.” Pebble Lake Review (2008).
  • “Traveling Through the Prairies, I Think of My Father’s Voice.” Barn Owl Review, Issue 1 (2008).
  • “My Father as Landscape,” “Halfway,” “How We Are Saved.” Rock & Sling, Issue 4.2 (2007).
  • “I Dream My Father on the Shore.” Sou’Wester, Issue 36.1 (2007).
  • “Comment,” “Conditional.” Redactions, Issue 8/9 (2007).
  • “Elegy for Grey.” Stirring. Issue 9.6 (14 Jun. 2007).
  • “Letter Ten,” “Letter Fifty.” DMQ Review. Spring/Summer 2007 Issue (9 Jun. 2007).
  • “How the World Fits Together,” “In the Long Dream of Exile,” “The Memory Theatre.” The Drunken Boat. (20
    Jun. 2007).
  • “All the Names of Children and Homes We May Never Know,” “The Art of Forgetting,” “At the End of Poetry,”
    “Ghost Passport,” “In Hsin Chu.” MiPOesias. (11 Jan. 2007).
  • “Letter from Home,” “Fridge.” Spillway, Issue 13 (2006).
  • “Prodigal.” Crab Orchard Review, Issue 11.2 (2006).
  • “In the Country I Call Home,” “What I Know About Abstraction.” Portland Review, Issue 53.2 (2006).
  • “For the Drowned.” Silk Road, Issue 1.1 (2006).
  • “Considering Photography,” “Seeking Shelter at -50,” “To the Street Musician.” Avatar Review, Issue 8 (8 May
    2006).
  • “Letter to the Unknown Wife.” Washington Square, Issue 17 (2006).
  • “Outside Plato’s Republic the Last Poets Wait for Departure.” RHINO (2006).
  • “For Sal Paradise, Lost in America,” “After Neruda,” “Bad Sestina.” Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets
    (2004).
  • “Counting Winters in Los Angeles,” “Jericho,” Poetic Diversity, Issue 2.4 (1 Nov. 2004).
  • “Love Song,” Southern Poetry Review Issue 39.2 (1999).
POETRY / Anthologies
  • The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirituality, eds. Leah Silvieus & Lee Herrick. Orison Books, forthcoming.
  • 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.
TRANSLATION / Books
  • The Book of Cranes: Selected Poems  (1984-2015) by Zang Di. Translated from Chinese with Ming Di. (Vagabond
    Press Australia, 2015).
  • River Merchant’s Wife: Poems by Ming Di. Various translators.  (Marick Press. 2012).
TRANSLATION / Anthologies
  • New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012. (Tupelo Press. 2013). Translations of 32 poems.
TRANSLATION / Journals & Magazines
  • “Nothing to Do With Crows,” “Books of the Original Role” by Zang Di. Co-translated with Ming Di. Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, forthcoming 2019.
  • “Flower-Loving Butterflies” by Zang Di. Co-translated with Ming Di. Poetry East West, 2 (2011) Beijing.
  • “Peach-blossom Town” by Liu Jiemin. Co-translated with Ming Di and Sheng Yan. Poetry East West, 2 (2011)
    Beijing.
  • “Candy Wrapper,” “Why We Grind” by Zhang Zhihao. Co-translated with Li Yiliang. Poetry East West, 2
    (2011) Beijing.
  • “The Clay Pot in Tennessee,” “Post-Poison-ism,” “To the Sea Nest” by Yang Xiaobin. Co-translated with Ming
    Di. Poetry East West, 1 (2010) Beijing.
  • “Watching Clouds,” “The Rock Artist” by Qin Xiaoyu. Co-translated with Ming Di. Poetry East West, 1 (2010)
    Beijing.
  • “’Freedom’ is a Lonely Word,” “Bland Life, Blunt Poetry” by Sun Wenbo. Co-translated with Ming Di. Poetry
    East West
    , 1 (2010) Beijing.
  • “On the Street,” “Half-Poems” by Yu Xiang. Co-translated with Fan Jinghua. Poetry East West, 1(2010) Beijing.

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
  • “Writing as Resistance,” panel with Brian & Josie Parker, Jake Vermaas, Michelle Ruiz Keil, Lilian Ongelungel, Joaquin Lopez, Aminata R. Sei., Catlin Gabel, The CENTER, Portland, OR (Oct 2018).
  • “Heads in the Cloud: A Consideration of Poetics & Technology,” panel with Jessica Mehta, TJ Jarret, Rachel Mindell, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, AWP 2018, Tampa, FL. (Mar 2018).
  • “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-)
  • Anhinga Poets Reading (AWP), Passages Bookshop, Portland, OR, Mar 28, 2019
  • Triptych Tapestry,  LitCrawl Portland, Ace Hotel, Portland, OR, Nov 9, 2018
  • All Kinds of Fur, Indivisible, Portland, OR, Sep 21, 2018
  • 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

PROJECTS