Ms. Kimiko Hahn

New York, United States

Member Since: 04/30/2013

Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections inspired by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (WWN, 2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award.  As part of her service to the CUNY community, she helped initiate a Chapbook Festival that has become an annual event. Since then, she has added chapbooks to her publication list: Ragged Evidence, A Field Guide to the Intractable, Boxes with Respect and The Cryptic Chamber. Hahn loves the challenge of collaboration: writing text for film (1995 MTV special, Ain't Nuthin' But a She-Thing and Everywhere at Once, a film based on Peter Lindbergh’s still photos and narrated by Jeanne Moreau), artwork (Lauren Henkin’s photographic series); dance pieces with Tomie Hahn.  Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She has taught in graduate programs at the University of Houston and New York University, and is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York; she has also taught for literary organizations such as the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem and Kundiman. Among her current projects: sequences triggered primarily by neuroscience. Hahn lives in New York with her husband, true crime writer Harold Schechter.




  • Brain Fever , W.W. Norton (2014)
  • Toxic Flora , W.W. Norton (2010)
  • The Narrow Road to the Interior , W.W. Norton (2006)
  • The Artist's Daughter , W.W. Norton (2002)
  • Mosquito and Ant , W.W. Norton (1999)
  • Volatile , Hanging Loose Press (1998)
  • The Unbearable Heart , Kaya (1995)
  • Earshot , Hanging Loose Press (1992)


  • Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship(2010)
  • PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry (2008)
  • The Shelley Memorial Award/Poetry Society of America (2007)
  • Asian American Writers Workshop Literary Award, Poetry (2011)
  • Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award(1997)
  • American Book Award (1996)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry(1992)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry(1991)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry(1987)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry(1986)


  • Distinguished Professor (since 2006) at Queens College, City University of New York (September 1993 - )
  • Visiting Professor at University of Houston (September 2005 - June 2006)
  • Adjunct at New York University (January 2005 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English & East Asian Studies from University of Iowa (August 1977)
  • Master of Arts in Japanese Literature from Columbia University (June 1984)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry