Jennifer Kwon Dobbs

Minnesota, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs earned a MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA and PhD in literature and creative writing from University of Southern California. Her poetry collection Paper Pavilion (2007) received the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Society’s Sheila Motton Book Award. Her chapbook Song of a Mirror was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award. Recently, she published a mixed-genre chapbook titled Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press) focusing on U.S. militarism, gendered violence, and Korean diaspora.

Kwon Dobbs’s work has appeared in many magazines including 5 AM, Asian American Literary Review, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Cimarron Review, Daesan Literary Journal, Mascara Review, and SOLO NOVOHer poems have been anthologized in Echoes Upon Echoes, Language for a New Century, Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence, and One for the Money: The Sentence as a Poetic Form. Her poems and essays have been translated into Greek, Korean, and Turkish. Poet Norman Dubie notes, “Jennifer Kwon Dobbs writes a harrowing poem. ... Think of Wallace Stevens worrying about the traversing of the void, yes, folded and jeweled like time.”

Adopted from South Korea and reunited with her family, she is associate professor of English and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College where she teaches creative writing, poetry and poetics, and Asian American literature. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.



  • Notes from a Missing Person , Essay Press (May 1, 2015)
  • Paper Pavilion , White Pine Press (September 1, 2007)


  • Associate Professor at St. Olaf College (August 2008 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University (May 1998)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Pittsburgh (May 2001)
  • Master of Arts in Literature from University of Southern California (May 2003)
  • Doctoral Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from University of Southern California (May 2008)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry