Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the poetry collections The Phoenix Gone; The Terrace Empty; Dwarf Bamboo; Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; Hard Love Province; and, most recently, A Portrait of the Self as Nation. She also published a book of magical fiction called Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen and has translated poems by the modern Chinese poet Ai Qing and co-translated poems by the Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu.
Chin's many awards and honors include the United Artist Foundation Fellowship, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Bellagio, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, two NEAs, the Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, five Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan, and the 2020 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. She is Professor Emerita at San Diego State University and presently serves as a Chancellor at the Academy of American Poets.