Kimiko Hahn is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Toxic Flora, forthcoming from W. W. Norton in May 2010; The Narrow Road to the Interior (W.W. Norton, 2006); The Artist's Daughter (2002); Mosquito and Ant (1999); Volatile (1998); and The Unbearable Heart (1995), which received an American Book Award. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. She is a Distinguished Professor in the English Department at Queens College/CUNY. About her own work and its place in Asian American writing, she has said: "I've taken years to imagine an Asian American aesthetic. I think it's a combination of many elements—a reflection of Asian form, an engagement with content that may have roots in historical identity, together with a problematic, and even psychological, relationship to language."
I am eager to engage with a carefully thought out, richly imagined Asian American aesthetic. What would it look like? sound like? feel like? think like? I'll soon find out.