David Woo

Poet David Woo was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. The son of Chinese immigrants, Woo studied at Harvard, earned an MA in Chinese studies from Yale University, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. His first collection of poetry, The Eclipses (2005), won the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. The volume details the struggles of caring for an aging parent, and the poems are “marked by stern elegance and the faintest strain of anxiety,” in the words of Joel Brouwer in the New York Times. Woo’s work has been widely published and anthologized in publications such as the New Yorker, Southwest Review, and The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (1993).

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Poet David Woo was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. The son of Chinese immigrants, Woo studied at Harvard, earned an MA in Chinese studies from Yale University, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. His first collection of poetry, The Eclipses (2005), won the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. The volume details the struggles of caring for an aging parent, and the poems are “marked by stern elegance and the faintest strain . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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