Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is poetry editor of AGNI and has been part of the editorial team since 2019. Born in Wonju, Republic of Korea, she is the author of Interrogation Room (White Pine Press, 2018); Paper Pavilion (White Pine, 2007), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize; and the chapbooks Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press, 2015) and Necro Citizens (German/English edition, hochroth Verlag, 2019). Interrogation Room received mention in The New York Times, was praised by World Literature Today for “a vigorous restlessness,” and won the Association of Asian American Studies Award in Creative Writing: Poetry. She also co-translates Sami poetry with poet-scholar Johanna Domokos, and their translation of Niillas Holmberg’s Juolgevuođđu is forthcoming as Underfoot in spring 2022 from White Pine Press. Kwon Dobbs has received grants and awards for her writing, most recently a Jerome Hill Artists Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and published work in Crazyhorse, jubilat, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry International, and elsewhere. She is professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College, where she directs Race and Ethnic Studies, and is visiting faculty at Universität Bielefeld. (updated 9/2021)
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the editor, with Shuchi Saraswat, of AGNI‘s forthcoming (fall 2021) portfolio of translated writing on the subject of Futures.
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