Joan Kwon Glass

Author of “Night Swim,” Winner of the 2021 Diode Editions Book Contest

Joan Kwon Glass (B.A./M.A.T. Smith College) is the author of “Night Swim,” winner of the 2021 Diode Editions Book Contest and author of poetry chapbooks “How to Make Pancakes For a Dead Boy” (Harbor Editions, 2022) & “If Rust Can Grow on the Moon” (Milk & Cake Press, 2022). She was a Runner-Up for the 2021 Sundress Publications Chapbook Contest, & a 2021 finalist for the Harbor Review’s Editor’s Prize, the Subnivean Award & the Lumiere Review Writing Contest, as well as a semi-finalist for the Thirty West Chapbook Contest, Ralph Angel Poetry Prize & the Five South Poetry Prize. She serves as Poet Laureate (2021-2025) for the city of Milford, Connecticut, Poetry Co-Editor for West Trestle Review and Poetry Reader at Rogue Agent. Joan’s work explores trauma, grief, memory, motherhood, and recovery. She is a mixed-race (hapa) Korean American who grew up in Michigan and South Korea & she finds inspiration in the writings of Rachel McKibbens, Lucille Clifton, Eugenia Leigh, Margaret Atwood, Anne Sexton & Ellen Bass. Since 2018, her poems have been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net.

Joan’s poems have recently been published or are upcoming in Diode, Rattle, NELLE, Dialogist, Kissing Dynamite, Rust & Moth, SWWIM, Mom Egg Review, Lantern Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Honey Literary, Literary Mama, Barnstorm, South Florida Poetry Journal and many others. Her work has been featured on Frontier’s “exceptional poetry” for March, 2021, on the series “A Mighty Blaze,” “Poetry as it Ought to Be,” in “Every Day Poems” through T.S. Poetry Press and on “Wednesday Night Poetry,” the longest consecutive spoken word poetry broadcast in the United States.  Joan tweets @joanpglass.