Su Hwang was awarded the 2016-17 Loft Literary Center’s Minnesota Emerging Writers Grant made possible by the Jerome Foundation, juried by members of Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation [VONA] and the 2017 Coffee House Press In the Stacks Fellowship at Dickinson House in East Flanders, Belgium. She will also be a writer-in-residence at Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain in the summer of 2018.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, she grew up in New York then moved to San Francisco before transplanting to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA in Poetry. She is also the recipient of the Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in Poetry in 2015, and the Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize in 2014 and 2015. Several of her poems have appeared in Ninth Letter, Anomaly (formerly Drunken Boat), Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, Poets.org, and elsewhere. Her first poetry collection, Bodega, was a finalist for the 2017 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Book Prize with Pleiades Press, the 2017 Noemi Press Book Prize, and the 2017 BOAAT Book Prize judged by Dean Young.
Su currently lives in Minneapolis, but splits her time between the Twin Cities and California as much as possible.