Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is associate professor of creative writing and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies. She teaches courses in poetry, poetics, creative nonfiction, Asian American literature, and critical ethnic studies. While completing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, she co-founded the SummerTIME Writing Program, a college access program for inner-city high school students in Los Angeles.
She is the author of Paper Pavillion (White Pine Press Poetry Prize, 2007) and the chapbooks Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press, 2015) and Necro Citizens (hochroth Verlag, 2019, German and English edition). Mentioned in The New York Times and praised by World Literature Today for "a vigorous restlessness," Interrogation Room is her most recent poetry collection (White Pine Press, 2018). She is also co-editor of Radical Kinships: An Autocritical Gallery (Demeter Press, forthcoming) with Jenny Heijun Wills, Lisa Moore, and Joshua Whitehead. Other forthcoming titles that she is editing or co-translating include Multiverse: New and Selected Poems by Tzveta Sofronieva and a selected volume by Sámi poet Niillas Holmberg with poet-scholar-translator Johanna Domokos.
Kwon Dobbs has received grants and awards for her writing, most recently the 2020 Association of Asian American Studies Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Writing: Poetry, Jerome Hill Artists Fellowship, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. She has published work in Crazyhorse, jubilat, Massachusetts Review, Poetry International, and elsewhere. Currently, she is poetry editor of AGNI published by Boston University, serves on the Coffee House Press board of directors, and is guest faculty at Universität Bielefeld. She lives in Saint Paul. www.jkwondobbs.com