Koon Woon

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Contributor and Guest Editor

Koon Woon was born in a village near Canton (Guangzhou), China, in 1949. He immigrated to Washington State in the United States in 1960. He earned a BA from Antioch University Seattle and studied at Fort Hays State University. He is the author of The Truth in Rented Rooms (Kaya, 1998), a finalist of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, winner of a Josephine Miles Award from PEN Oakland, and Water Chasing Water (Kaya, 2013), winner of the 2014 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. His poetry appears in Premonitions: The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry (1995), among others. Koon is the publisher of Goldfish Press and the literary magazine Chrysanthemum. He has also written a memoir Paper-son Poet: When Rails Were Young. He currently lives in Seattle.


  • Issue #48 (June 2020): Guest Editor [forthcoming]
  • Issue #18 (September 2012): A Smoke Break at the Nuclear Command [Read]