Chinese-American poet Marilyn Chin will visit Willamette as the first writer in the 2014-15 Hallie Ford Literary Series.
Through the series, members of Willamette’s English Department bring short story writers, poets, novelists and others to campus each year to share their work and discuss the writing process with students.
Chin will read and perform many of her pieces, followed by a Q&A, Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library. The event is free and open to the public. Afterward, Chin’s books will be available for sale, courtesy of the Willamette Store.
While at Willamette, Chin will also visit an Introduction to Creative Writing class taught by professor Roy Perez.
“Chin’s work is emotionally complex, often funny, sometimes downright bawdy,” says Scott Nadelson, English professor and Hallie Ford Chairman. “I think students will come away from it with new insight into the creative process.”
Chin is the winner of numerous awards, including five Pushcart Prizes. She’s authored a novel and four books of poetry, including “Hard Love Province,” published this past summer.
Exposed to poetry at a young age, Chin’s writing evolved as she started reading and studying poetry in school. She says her passion for writing continues to motivate her work.
“I love my genre,” Chin says. “I love poetry, I love fiction and I love literature. If you continue to read and write, you will have a wonderful friend and art to grow old and grow up with. It’s as simple as that.”
Identifying herself as a political and minority writer, Chin says she has an urgency to write.
“I have a lot of issues to write about and a lot of forms I want to play with,” she says. “I’m very enthusiastic about the possibilities.”
For aspiring writers, Chin has one large piece of advice.
“Read, read, read! We are in this culture in which we have so much stuff bombarded at us. Read for five quiet moments. To have quietude and contemplation, you can’t get that with the bombardment.”