Derek Mong ‘04
From 2006-2007 he was the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has previously taught at the University of Michigan, SUNY-Albany, and with young writer’s workshops at Kenyon College and Denison University, his alma mater. He holds an MFA from The University of Michigan. In the fall of 2010 he began a PhD in English Literature at Stanford University. His awards include The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Choice Prize, two Pushcart nominations, Alehouse’s Happy Hour Poetry Award, and two Hopwood Prizes. His poems, translations, and prose have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Kenyon Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, Colorado Review, Court Green, and Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes. In 2011 Saturnalia Books published his debut collection, Other Romes. Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio, he lives with his wife, the translator Anne O. Fisher, in San Francisco. Together they are translating the selected poems of Maxim Amelin (Russian, b. 1970). This project, tentatively titled The Joyous Science, was awarded a 2010 NEA grant for Literary Translation.