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Hai-Dang Phan

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Assistant Professor


Hai-Dang Phan has taught ethnic American literature, the craft of poetry, introduction to literary analysis, and studies in genre (the essay). 

He is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing. His poems have been published in The New YorkerPoetryBest American Poetry 2016New England Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the American Literary Translators Association, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. His writing has been honored with the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine and the Emerging Writers Award from New England Review

Born in Vietnam, he came to the U.S. as a refugee and grew up in Wisconsin. He holds an MFA from the University of Florida and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa. 


Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4733


(641) 269-4985

Campus Job(s): 

Assistant Professor of English


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On-Campus Address: 

214 Mears Cottage
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Courses Taught: 

Traditions of Ethnic American Literature; Studies in Ethnic American Literature; Writing Seminar: Poetry 

Primary Academic Interest: 

Ethnic American Literature
Creative Writing (poetry and essays)