Su Hwang was awarded the 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, 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’s called NYC and San Francisco home before transplanting to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA in Poetry in May 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in Poetry, 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. She teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW), is a contributing writer with the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and the co-founder of Poetry Asylum with poet Sun Yung Shin.
Su currently lives in Minneapolis, but splits her time between the Twin Cities and California as much as possible.