BRYNN SAITO is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions.
Brynn was born and raised in Fresno, California to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. Her poetry has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. She is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, a grant from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties program, a Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library, and Key West Literary Seminar’s Scotti Merrill Memorial Award.
Currently, Brynn lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is the Director of the Center for Writing and Scholarship at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and an adjunct faculty member in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco and the BA program at CIIS. In Spring, 2018, Brynn will be a Visiting Writer in Saint Mary's College's MFA program in Moraga, CA. Brynn is also the co-founder of the Center for Spiritual Life in Palo Alto, CA.
Previously, Brynn was the Kundiman Writer-in-Residence in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. She has also taught for Left Margin Lit in Berkeley and Kearny Street Workshop's Interdisciplinary Writers Lab for Bay Area writers of color. Brynn holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College (MFA, creative writing), New York University (MA, religious studies), and UC Berkeley (BA, philosophy).
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