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Hai-Dang Phan

Assistant Professor

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

A former Watson Fellow and editorial intern at Harper's Magazine, he holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida and a PhD in literary studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, jubilat, Lana Turner, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Small Wars, will be published this winter by Convulsive Editions. 

With David Perez of the Writing Lab, he co-founded and directs the Literary Translation Collective, an affinity group of faculty and students dedicated to the art of literary translation at Grinnell and beyond. 

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

Office Hours: 

Mondays 2-4 and Wednesday 10-2; also by appointment.

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin M.F.A., University of Florida

Courses Taught: 

ENG 120 Introduction to Literary Analysis, ENG 232 Traditions of Ethnic American Literature, ENG 325 Studies in Ethnic American Literature, ENG 210 Studies in Genre (Essays)

Primary Academic Interest: 

Ethnic American Literature
Creative Writing (poetry and essays)

Academic Interests: 

Grinnell Translation Collective