Next Picador Professor Don Mee Choi

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Don Mee Choi as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. She will hold the professorship in the winter term of 2021/22.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Don Mee Choi is the author of DMZ Colony (Wave Books, 2020), which won the 2020 National Book Award. It was also the finalist for the 2021 T.S. Eliot Four Quartets Prize. Her other books inlcude Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and several pamphlets of poems and essays. She has received the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize for her translation of Kim Hyesoon’s Autobiography of Death (New Directions, 2018), 2019 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Fellowship, 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship, 2012 & 2019 Lucien Stryk Translation Prize, and 2011 Whiting Award for Poetry. Choi’s poetry incorporates photos by her father, a war photographer, and other visual and archival materials in order to explore the overlapping histories of Korea and the US. More of Choi’s books, translations, and interdisciplinary arts projects can be seen on her website.

Chois work has been described as “slid[ing] between forms: memoir, libretto, list, diary, visual poetry, essay” by the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program as well as an “urgent […] captur[ing] [of] the migratory latticework of those transformed by war and colonization” by the judges for the National Book Award for poetry. Previously, Don Mee Choi has been a Picador Guest of Honor in the summer semester of 2019. You can read her #PicadorMessage on the Black Lives Matter Protests, her early childhood memories from South Korea, and W.E.B. DuBois in Berlin from early 2020 at

Professor Choi will be teaching two classes during her term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on Asian American poetry as well as a poetry writing workshop.

The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University’s American Studies Program, it is based on a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Don Mee Choi

American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional, and national partners. If you are interested in inviting Don Mee Choi for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly ( to discuss possible arrangements.