"Somehow we merely assumed our immersion in poetry, true poetry, would benefit our work as well as magically benefit us, our lives, our characters, our sense of self."
one hundred days
I Used To Be Korean
I Am Still Korean
many days later
Hello and thanks for checking in.
As a poet who is often alone in the wonderful yet arduous task of writing, I am happy to have your company. I am a working poet and writer, open to readings, panels, workshops, and other collaborations.
I have had the pleasure of being on panels and Zooms to talk about my work and writing in general. Some memorable appearances to date have been AWP in Philly, the Irish Hunger Memorial at Battery Park City, and the Indie Book Fair at the PEN World Voices Festival in Washington Square Park. I have also read my work at the Brooklyn Public Library, KGB Bar, Pace University and York College/CUNY.
Most recently, my second book of poems, I Used To Be Korean, was featured on Amerie's Book Club. A true honor to be among a roster of such compelling writers and poets.
I hope you will check out my Blog page to stay connected to current/upcoming events and projects I'm working on.
Sending you all good vibes and wishes on your writing endeavors.
Let's live poetry, y'all!
"One of the joys of Jiwon Choi's poems is that her acerbic wit, rather than limiting experience and shutting down inquiry, instead evokes the riddle of our complex, contradictory human selves."
"jiwon choi's i used to be korean.. is fusion / fusion of memory both real and not / verbal snapshots and within those snapshots / she sees what the rest don't—or may not care to see. / the bias of the world / the need for human contact both funny and Brutal . oh SHE IS Korean / family is here / strangers are here / first loves // the angst of childhood / and the HUMAN commonality and a lot more .. she is both participant and chronicler .. her words / hug / ripple / stick to the page and bend the mind .....I Used To Be Korean is simply WONDERFUL..
"[Choi's] work is propelled by New York immigrant energy, which of course makes it quintessentially American.”