Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello


Author's Bio

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry, and was a finalist for the 2017 Milt Kessler Award. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, the NY Summer Writers Institute, and Indiana University Writers Conference, among others. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Best Small Fictions, The Georgia Review, The New York Times, The Sun, and more. A transracial adoptee born in South Korea, she is completing translation of the selected works of poet Yi Won from Korean to English with Don Mee Choi and E.J. Koh for the American Literary Translators Association Mentorship Fellowship. She serves as the poetry editor for Hyphen magazine and as the poetry program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. 

Publications & Prizes

Best New Poets 2015 (Meridian, 2015)
Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016)
Last Train to the Midnight Market (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
Prizes won: 


  • American Literary Translators Association, Emerging Translator Mentorship Program co-recipient with E. J. Koh under Don Mee Choi, 2017
  • Finalist for Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, Hour of the Ox, 2017
  • Bronze medal for Hour of the Ox, Florida Book Awards, 2016
  • Finalist for Annual Poetry Contest, Boston Review, 2016
  • Finalist for Curt Johnson Prose Award in Creative Nonfiction, "Nocturne: Year of the Snake," december magazine, 2016
  • Finalist for Ninth Annual Poetry Prize, "Vase of Ashes," Tupelo Quarterly,​ 2015
  • ​Finalist for Seventh Annual Poetry Contest, "Bonsai," Narrative Magazine, 2015
  • Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, for Hour of the Ox, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series, 2015
  • Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, 2014

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Asian American
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South Korea
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Ithaca, NY
New York
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Last update: May 09, 2019