Mia Kang

Adjunct Instructor

Mia Kang is a poet and art historian working across research, writing, and performance. She holds an M.A. in the history of art from Yale University, where she is completing her PhD. Her research focuses on the contested rise of U.S. multiculturalism and its unresolved legacies. Recent publications include contributions to Roxy Paine: The Dioramas (Skira, 2021), The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop(Skira, 2019), Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch (Yale University Press, 2020), Published by Lugemik: Printed Matter from 2010-2019 (Lugemik, 2019), and Plot magazine. Formerly a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she teaches as a lecturer at Yale College and Hunter College, CUNY, her alma mater. Mia is the author of the pamphlet City Poems (ignitionpress, 2020), and she was named the 2017 winner of Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest. Her poetry has appeared in journals including POETRY, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, and PEN America. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her current poetics/performance project, “Theresa, I Miss You,” is dedicated to Theresa Hak Kyung Cha.

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