Mary Chi-Whi Kim

  • 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

"My favorite teachers throughout my education have always been English or writing professors, transforming my understanding of the world and place in it. Dr. David Citino, Mr. Gustavson, Mr. Demong, Dr. Moddelmog and Dr. Marlene Longenecker, among others, compelled me to view teaching as a multi-dimensional and creative endeavor. My favorite authors-too many to name-also informed my dynamic concept of the world, the transformative power of words and the universal beauty of individuality. Sharing that concept and power with students in turn multiplies new concepts and possibilities, as the best teachers I know learn from students as much as teaching them. Challenging students to harness the power of words, especially their own, discovering realms within themselves, grants continuity and vitality to the legacy of literature."

Mary Chi-Whi Kim | General education professor

Awards, recognition 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

Previous Positions

Adjunct professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus State University; copywriter and editor, GSW Worldwide; freelance writer, community groups, Columbus, Ohio

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