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“Don Mee Choi’s writing, slides between forms: memoir, libretto, list, diary, visual poetry, essay. Hardly War is a hybrid text about all the violent conflicts her father saw as a war-photographer and includes pictures he took.” DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010) and Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), and chapbooks Petite Manifesto(Vagabond Press, 2014), Ahn Hak-sop #4 (The Green Violin, 2018), Sky Translation (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2019), and a pamphlet of essays Freely Frayed (Wave Pamphlet #9, 2014). She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. She is currently a 2019 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program Fellow.

Most recently, she has received the 2019 Griffin International Poetry Prize for her translation of Autobiography of Death (2018) written by Kim Hyesoon.

She has translated several collections of Kim Hyesoon’s poetry, including I’m OK, I’m Pig! (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016), and Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Action Books, 2014).

She also translates for the International Women's Network Against Militarism (IWNAM). Please visit and learn about IWNAM's transnational work and issues that impact women and children and the environment.

She is an advisory editor for Action Books: Korean Literature Series.

She teaches Adult Basic Education at Renton Technical College's community-partnership site in Downtown Seattle. 

Visit her pages at Wave BooksWhiting Awards, Lannan Foundation, and Berliner Künstlerprogramm.

She can be reached at donmeechoi (at) gmail (dot) com