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Shin Yu Pai

County: King County




Fellowship Awards 2022
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Grants for Artist Projects 2015
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Shin Yu Pai is a Taiwanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist. She is the author of several books of poetry, including Virga (Empty Bowl, 2021), ENSŌ (Entre Ríos Books, 2020), Aux Arcs (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), Sightings: Selected Works (2000-2005) (1913 Press, 2007), and Equivalence (La Alameda, 2003). She served as the fourth poet laureate of the city of Redmond from 2015 to 2017 and has been an artist in residence for the Seattle Art Museum and Pacific Science Center. In 2014, she was nominated for a Stranger Genius Award in Literature. She is a three-time fellow of MacDowell and has also been in residence at Taipei Artist Village, Soul Mountain, The Ragdale Foundation, Centrum, and The National Park Service. Her visual work has been shown at The Dallas Museum of Art, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Three Arts Club of Chicago, and The Museum of American Jazz. Her poetry films have screened at the Zebra Poetry Festival and the Northwest Film Forum’s Cadence video poetry festival. Her personal essays have appeared in Zocalo Public Square, Off Assignment, Seattle Met, Tricycle, Atlas Obscura, South Seattle Emerald, and YES! Magazine. Shin Yu is the recipient of awards from 4Culture, The City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Satterberg Foundation, Windrose Fund, Awesome Foundation, and Puffin Foundation. She lives and works in Bitter Lake.


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Embarkation by Shin Yu Pai | Moving Poems

“Tidal,” “Have You Ever Tried to Bully a Wave,” and “Starshine” - Air/Light

Printing a Poem on an Orchard’s Apples

Excerpt: ‘Enso’

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