Kimiko Hahn at the UConn Bookstore

Poet Kimiko Hahn will spend two days at UConn this spring (March 22 and 23) as the Aetna Writer-in-Residence. She will read from her poetry on Wednesday, March 22, at 6pm in the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center.

Six student writers will be selected to participate in one-on-one writing tutorials with Hahn. Graduate and Undergraduate Students are invited to participate. Students interested in participating should submit a typed 5-page manuscript of poetry to Professor Sean Forbes, English Department, Austin 208 or at Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the student’s name and all contact information. Manuscripts must be received by Friday, March 10, for consideration.

Kimiko Hahn was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, the child of artists, a Japanese American mother from Hawaii and a German American father from Wisconsin. She received a BA from Iowa University and an MA from Columbia University. She is the author of ten collections of poetry including Air Pocket (1989), The Artist’s Daughter (2002), and Toxic Flora (2010). She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Award, and the American Book Award. She is a Distinguished Professor in the English department at Queens College/CUNY.

The Aetna Writer-in-Residence Program began in 2003. Supported by funding from the Aetna Chair in Writing, UConn’s Creative Writing Program invites a nationally or internationally-known author to campus for a residency each semester. Each author spends three days on campus offering tutorials for students, holding Q&A sessions with the campus community, leading master classes in creative writing, sharing meals with students, and giving a public reading of his or her work. As a result of the Aetna Writer-in-Residence program, UConn graduate and undergraduate students can participate in an intense hands-on learning experience with some of today’s most exciting authors.

This event is sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the Creative Writing Program, and the UConn Bookstore.
Past Aetna Writers-in-Residence included Amber Dermont, Jericho Brown, Laura van den Berg, Camille Dungy, Jo-Ann Mapson, Eduardo C. Corral, Andre Dubus III, G.C. Waldrep, Margot Livesey, Shara McCallum, Connie Voisine, Edmund White,Colum McCann, Lynne McMahon, Fay Weldon, Phillis Levin, Allen Kurzweil, Naeem Murr, Steve Almond, C.D. Wright, Stuart O’Nan, and Beth Ann Fennelly.