Dr. Derek Mong

Indiana, United States

Member Since: 12/11/2017

Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (forthcoming, 2018), and a chapbook, The Ego and the Empiricist (Two Sylvias Press, 2017). He reviews new poetry for the Gettysburg Review and blogs at Kenyon Review Online. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College where he teaches American Literature and Creative Writing. Educated at Denison University (BA), the University of Michigan (MFA), and Stanford (MA, PhD), he has received the Editors' Choice Prize from the Missouri Review and two Hopwood Awards. His poetry, criticism, and translations have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Brooklyn Rail, Two Lines, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, New England Review, the Southern Review, and many other publications. He and his wife, Anne Fisher, recently received the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Prize for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin, forthcoming on 2018 (White Pine Press). He lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana and can be reached at www.derekmong.com.  



Website: www.derekmong.com

Twitter Username: @derek_mong


  • Other Romes , Saturnalia Books (February 2011)
  • The Ego and the Empiricist , Two Sylvias Press (September 2017)


  • Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Choice Prize, The Missouri Review(2005)
  • Hopwood Poetry Award (2005)
  • Hopwood Non-Fiction Award(2006)
  • Happy Hour Poetry Award, Alehouse Press(2007)
  • Cliff Becker Translation Prize(2017)


  • Axton Fellow in Poetry at University of Louisville (2008 - 2010)
  • Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at University of Wisconsin (2006 - 2007)
  • Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English Literature at Wabash College (July 2016 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from Denison University (May 2004)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Michigan (May 2006)
  • Master of Arts in English and American Literature from Stanford University (April 2011)
  • Doctoral Degree in American Literature, Whitman, Dickinson from Stanford University (January 2016)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Children's literature , Poetry