Ian Haight


Author's Bio

I left America in 1992 to work abroad and have only returned for extended vacations. I have lived an international life and like to believe my thinking reflects an international perspective. I spent eighteen years as a tenured professor of English in Korea, although now I live and work in Germany (Bavaria). I would be happy to read and/or discuss my work as a translator of Korean poetry, my international life, my poetry, essays, or any other topic of interest as appropriate.

My publishing bio reads like this:

Ian Haight’s collection of poetry, Celadon, won Unicorn Press’ First Book
Prize and is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. He is the editor of Zen
Questions and Answers from Korea, and with T’ae-yong Hŏ, he is the
translator of Borderland Roads: Selected Poems of Kyun Hŏ and Magnolia
and Lotus: Selected Poems of Hyesim—finalist for ALTA’s Stryk Prize—all from White Pine Press. Other awards include Ninth Letter’s Literary
Award in Translation, and grants from the Daesan Foundation, the Korea
Literary Translation Institute, and the Baroboin Buddhist Foundation. For
more information please visit ianhaight.com.

Publications & Prizes

Celadon (Unicorn Press, 2017)
Prizes won: 

Unicorn Press First Book Award for CeladonLiterary Award in Translation, Ninth Letter; Grants from the Baroboin Buddhist Foundation, Daesan Foundation, Korea Literature Translation Institute, Lowell Area Arts Council; John Woods Scholarship; Citation for Translation Excellence, Korea Literary Translation Institute; Koreabridge Award.


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Kawabata is a mainstay.
What I'm reading now: 
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, Station Eleven by Emily St. John, One Hundred Poems from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth, Intimate by Paisley Rekdal

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Born in: 
Kalamazoo, MI
Raised in: 
Lowell, MI
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Last update: Jul 27, 2017