University of Pittsburgh
October 27, 2010

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series to Host Poet Kimiko Hahn Nov. 4

This is the third in a series of events sponsored by Pitt’s Writing Program
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series will continue its 2010-11 season with a free public reading by poet Kimiko Hahn, at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Dr., Oakland. 

Hahn is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Artist’s Daughter (W.W. Norton, 2004), Mosquito and Ant (W.W. Norton, 2000), and Narrow Road to the Interior (W.W. Norton, 2006). Her latest book of poetry, Toxic Flora (W.W. Norton, 2010), contains poems inspired by articles from the Science section of The New York Times

The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hahn also has received the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and the Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. In 2007, she received the Poetry Society of America Shelley Memorial Award; other Shelley Award recipients include poets Adrienne Rich and E.E. Cummings. 

Hahn earned a BA in English and East Asian studies at the University of Iowa and an MA in Japanese literature from Columbia University. She currently is Distinguished Professor in the English department at Queens College/CUNY. 

The Contemporary Writers Series is cosponsored by the Pitt Book Center and University of Pittsburgh Press. For more information, call 412-624-6508 or visit