Mary Chi-Whi Kim

General education professor


  • B.A., English literature, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., English literature, The Ohio State University
  • M.F.A., creative writing, Bowling Green State University


"As an undergraduate, I helped change my alma mater's curriculum by writing a 44-page annotated bibliography on an under-researched topic at the time: Asian Women's and Asian American Women's literature. The research filtered through The Ohio State University Library, the Women's Studies Department, and to some degree the English Department, spreading awareness about book titles and authors available for course work."

Awards, recognitions and honors

Atlanta Review International Merit Award in Poetry, 2006; Honorable Mention, Writers Digest, International Self-Published Book Competition, 2005; won two poem commissions from The Ohio State University's Multicultural Center, 2004


Poets and Writers, Poetry Slam Incorporated

Publications and Presentations

  • "Far Across the DMZ," a creative non-fiction essay, The New York Times Magazine, 2007
  • Forthcoming publication in Eureka: Studies in Teaching Short Fiction of "Interior Frontiers in Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies," an academic essay. Silken Purse, Pudding House Press, 2005
  • Asian American Poetry Panel Presentation with Kundiman at Associated Writers Press Conference, 2005
  • Featured poet in Columbus, Ohio's Writers' Block, Atlanta's Java Monkey Speaks, SCAD's Writers Assembly, multiple years.
  • "Interior Frontiers in Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies," at American Literary Association, 2009
  • "Realizing Shahrazad: Satrapi's Persepolis and Iran's Women's Movement" at Southwest Texas Pop Culture American Culture Association Conference, 2010
  • Conference Paper Presentation of "Digital Communities: Livejournal Homework Blogs" at Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2011
  • "Making Universal Margins: Thomas Wolf and Asian American Writers," Thomas Wolfe Conference, 2011
  • Gave a poetry reading at the National American Literature Association Symposium