News & Events: 2019

September 13: Reading, International Literature Festival Berlin: Long Night of Poetry, 6 PM, Silent Green Kulturquartier

September 4: Reading & Discussion, Koreanisches Kulturzentrum, 6 PM, Leipziger Platz 3, Berlin

June 17-18: Reading & Talk at Berlin Poesiefestival

May 24-26: Reading, Poetry on the Road 2019, Bremen International Poetry Festival, Germany

April 15: Reading with Josh Weil at Leipzig University

Autobiography of Death received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize!

—2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 7:30 pm at Koerner Hall in Toronto

Autobiography of Death Reading Events in UK, Norway, and Denmark:

—April 29: Autobiography of Death Reading and Talk with Kim Hyesoon & Sasha Dugdale, St. John’s College — Main Lecture Ha;; 5 PM, Cambridge University

—May 1: Reading with Kim Hyesoon at SouthBank Center, London (with Sasha Dugdale)

—May 3: Autobiography of Death Reading with Kim Hyesoon at Newcastle Poetry Festival 2019

—May 5: Reading with Kim Hyesoon, Gunnar Waerness, Johannes Goransson at Trondheim Literature House, Norway

—May 7: Reading with Kim Hyesoon, Gunnar Waerness, Johannes Goransson at Litteratur pa bla in Oslo, Norway

—May 9: Reading and talk with Kim Hyesoon and Johannes Goransson at Terrapolis, Copenhagen

March 9, Sat, 7 PM: Reading from Autobiography of Death at Elliot Bay Book Store with poet & translator Stefania Heim

Feb: Autobiography of Death Book Tour with Kim Hyesoon - US

Latest reviews of Autobiography of Death: Publishers Weekly, Millions, The Arkansas International, Ploughshares—Longform, Galatea Resurrects

— Feb 11, 7:30 PM: Reading with Forrest Gander & Brenda Hillman, hosted by Center for Art of Translation, at Green Apple Books on the Park, SF

— Feb 13, 7 PM: Reading with Joyelle McSweeney, Johannes Goransson, Daniel Borzutzky, Rachel Galvin, hosted by Poetry Foundation

— Feb 15, 7PM: SEA OF MIRRORS Reading with Jeffrey Yang, hosted by AAWW on 112 W 27th St. Suite 600

Jan-Feb: Visiting Writer, UW-Bothell MFA Creative Writing & Poetics Program. I will be teaching an interdisciplinary poetry workshop.

Jan: “Reading by Don Mee Choi” by Anna Maria Hong in Jacket2


News & Events: 2018

November 30: Jeffrey Yang’s Reading and in conversation, Hugo House—Seattle, 7 PM

November 27-28: Reading & Talk at Bennington College

October 3: Reading with Rae Armantrout at University Book Store, 6 PM

September: Ahn Hak-sŏp #4 Chapbook published by The Green Violin, introduction by Lital Khaikin

September: “Wings of Return: Ahn Hak-sop #1” in Inherited Trauma (Eohippus Lab Annex Series-Pamphlet), edited by Janice Lee

July: Lannan Residency, Marfa, Texas

April 26: Poetry Reading, UCLA

April 12 & 13: The President's Writer-in-Residence Series: Graduate Poetry Workshop & Reading & Talk, University of Montana, MFA Creative Writing

March 10: "Translating the Autobiographical Poem," AWP 2018 panel presentation with Sasha Dugdale, Valerie Mejer Caso, Michelle Gil-Montero, and Anna Deeny Morales. 9 am, RM 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor.

March 10: "Kitchen Table Translation," AWP 2018 panel presentation with Madhu Kazu, Sawako Nakayasu, and Gabrielle Civil. 12 PM, Mtg Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor. 

March 8: AWP Offsite Reading WIDE RECEIVERS: A Reading of Poetry in Translation, Rialto Theatre, 1617 N. Franklin St. Tampa

February 23: Poetry reading with Daniel Borzutsky at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 7 PM

Latest Reviews/Publications: 2018

October: A review of Autobiography of Death in Publisher’s Weekly

Translation: “Face of Rhythm” from Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018) in Poetry Society of America

Chapbook:  Ahn Hak-sŏp #4, published by The Green Violin, introduction by Lital Khaikin

Interview: Don Mee Choi and Christian Hawkey in BOMB MagazineWinter 2018


Events : 2017

Oct 18: Talk (and performance w/ Heidi Broadhead, Blyss Ervin, Ellen Welcker, Ryo Yamaguchi): Bagley Wright Lecture Series, 7PM, Sorrento Hotel, Seattle

July 9: Reading at Vierte Welt, artiCHOKE #9 (with Mara Genschel, Adelaide Ivanova, Sian vates), 7:30 PM, curated by Charlotte Thiessen & Joel Scott 

April 15: Launch of A Transpacific Poetics  at Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley, 2 - 4 PM

April 14: Small Press Traffic Reading with Sawako Nakayasu and Lisa Samuels at  Alley Cat Books, SF, 7PM

April 6: Participating in A Conversation about Feminism & War in the Asia Pacific, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, 6 PM

March 22: Reading at SOAS, University of London, School of Translation Studies, 5 PM

March 21: Launching MPT's The Blue Vein issue/Reading with Denise Riley, followed by a discussion chaired by Sasha Dugdale, editor of MPT. The Print Room at the Coronet, London, 7:30 PM.

Feb 20: Reading at University of Oklahoma, Main Gallery, Downtown Norman. 7PM

Feb 2: Reading at Pratt Library, 5 PM, 3rd Fl, Brooklyn Campus. Co-sponsored by Kundiman


Latest Reviews/Publications: 2017

Dec 2017: "A Poetry of Deranged Witness," a review of Hardly War by Sukjung Hong, The Margins, AAWW

Oct 2017: Essay "Wings of Return: Yi Sang's House" in BWLS

2017: Hardly War: poetry finalist for 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award and Washington State Book Award 

April 2017: Cheer Up, Femme Fatale, translated by me, Johannes Goransson, and Jiyoon Lee is one of the finalists for 2017 BTBA Award.   

April 14, 2017: "Suicide Parade" in Civic Poetry --

April 2017: An essay, "Freely Frayed," in A Transpacific Poetics (Litmus Press, March 2017), edited by Lisa Samuels and Sawako Nakayasu

March 2017: A Review: Poetry From a Year of Precarity, by Michael Dowdy in ASAP Journal

Feb 2017: A review of Hardly War by Mary-Kim Arnold "In It's Own Faint Language" in Hyperallergic



Events: 2016

October 4: Reading & Seminar with Craig Santos Perez at the Lannan Center, Georgetown University. 

September 30, 7 PM: Reading with Anselm Berrigan, Tyehimba Jess, Lisa Fishman, and Joshua Beckman at the Wave Books celebration co-hosted with Hugo House. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E. Seattle

August 29, 7-8:30 PM: Book One Lecture/Reading, Bard at Simon's Rock, Daniel Arts Center, McConnell Theatre

June 12, Sun, 3PM: OUR CIRCLE OF BREATH An Afternoon of Poetry, Art and Music featuring STUART DEMPSTER, JOHN LEVY, DON MEE CHOI, DONALD COLE & ALAN CHONG LAU at Elliott Bay Book Company

May 11, Wed, 4:30 PM: UCSD New Writing Series Poetry reading with Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez -- Visual Arts Presentation Lab (SME 149) 

April 1, Friday, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm: AWP - 2016 - Los Angeles, Panel Presentation "Korean Feminist Poetics and Translation" Gold Salon 3, 1st Floor. Presenting with Eunsong Kim, Johannes Goransson, Joyelle McSweeney, and Ji Yoon Lee. I will talk about translation and Kim Hyesoon's poetry. 

April 1, Friday, 8 pm: Action Books/Two Doller Radio/Entropy/CCM/Writ Large Reading at These Days Gallery, 118 Winston Place, Indian Alley, LA 90013. I will read from my new translation book Poor Love Machine.  

April 3, 12 AM - 2 AM: Wave Books Reading at Machine Project's Mystery Theater 1200 D. North Alavarado, LA 90026. I will read Hardly War.

Latest Reviews/Publications: 2016

October 2016: A review of Hardly War by Ansley Clark in The Volta Blog

September 2016: A review of Hardly War by Michael Browne in Angel City Review

September 2016: New poem in Free as in Free - Published on the occasion of the 11th Gwangju Biennial, INCA Press

September 2016: A review of Poor Love Machine by Michael Browne in Angel City Review

August 2016: A review of Poor Love Machine by Neil Astley in Korean Literature Now

July 2016: "Translate Me & I'll Kill you: The Apocalyptic Message of Don Mee Choi's Hardly War" by Michelle Lewis in Drunken Boat

June 2016: A review of Poor Love Machine (translation of Kim Hyesoon's poems) by Alexis Almeida, Assistant Editor, Asymptote

June 2016: "The Vanishing Point : Writers speak to Kim Hyesoon's poetry in translation" in The Margins-AAWW

June 2016: A review of Poor Love Machine (translation) by Alexis Almeida in Asymptote

June 2016: An Interview: "Don Mee Choi on Hardly War" by Susan Rich in The International Examiner

May 2016: 3 poems from Hardly War in Cabaret Wittgenstein - Berlin

May 2016: A review of Hardly War by Greg Bem in Berfrois

April 2016: A review of Hardly War by Kathleen Rooney in The New York Times Book Review

April 2016: 3 poems from Hardly War with an intro by Adam Fitzgerald in LITHUB

April 2016: A review of Hardly War by Lizzie Tribone in BOMB Magazine

April 2016: A review of Hardly War in PW

April 2016: A review of Hardly War by Alex Gallo-Brown in CityArts

March 31, 2016: Terry Pitts' review of Hardly War in Vertigo

Mar 2016: A review of Hardly War by Paul Constant in The Seattle Weekly.

Mar 2016: A review of Hardly War by Rich Smith in The Stanger.

Feb 2016: Two poems “New Tarzon Guided Bomb” and “Bomb with a Brain” in Granta 134: No Man's Land.

Feb 2016: Two translated poems of Kim Hyesoon "Luna Eclipse" and "Cemetery" in Tupelo Quarterly.

Feb 2016: A new review of Petite Manifesto: "Poetry is many things, depending on the poet. It is, in the case of this book, an act of decolonisation. But can a manifesto also be a poem?" - Elena Gomez, Overland

Feb 2016: "VIDA reads with Writers - Don Mee Choi" in VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Jan 2016: A first review of Hardly War by Benjamin Champagne, New Pages.


Past Events: 

Nov 2015: "Translation is a Political Act" - a talk for Translation Matters, curated by Cintia Santana, Stanford University, Palo Alto

Nov 2015: A Conversation with Scott EspositoTwo Voices Salon, Center for the Art of Translation, San Francisco

Sep 2015: with Joshua Beckman, John Beer, Alejandro de Acosta, Cedar Sigo - Wave in the PNW/Bagley Wright Lecture Series, Hugo House, Seattle

May 2015: with Joyelle McSweeney - Affect & Audience in the Digital Age-Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle

May 2015: with Joyelle McSweeney - Poetry Reading, Institute for New Connotative Action (INCA), Seattle

March 2015: Poetry Reading, Brown University, Providence

April 2015 with Johannes Goransson, Valerie Mejer Caso, Daniel Borzutzky - AWP Panel: “Action Books 10th Anniversary,” Minneapolis

March 2014 Translation Reading with C.D. Wright, Forrest Gander, Valerie Mejer Caso, Joyelle McSweeney - Jewel Box Theater, Seattle

March 2014 AWP Panels: “Translating Radical Women Poets” and “Queer Translation,” Seattle

April 2014 with Youna Kwak and Caitie Moore - Race & Creative Writing Panel: “Reading Race,” University of Montana

April 2013: with Ana Bozicevic - Poetry Reading, The Poetry Project & CUNY, New York

January 2012: Poetry Reading, UCSD New Writing Series, San Diego

March 2009: with Kim Hyesoon, Jen Hofer, Laura Solorzano- Notre Dame Women Writers Festival, University of Notre Dame, South Bend