Professor Marilyn Chin may soon be adding yet another prestigious award to her well established collection (from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others). Chin has been nominated along with three other finalists to represent California as the state's Poet Laureate. Next in the rigorous selection of Poet Laureate, Governor Schwarzenegger will choose one of the four finalists to ultimately represent the state. Then the state senate will need to approve his decision. SHE, or he will maintain the position for two years. The mission of the Poet Laureate is "to spread the art of poetry from classrooms to boardrooms across the state, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and to educate all Californians about the many poets and authors who have influenced our great state through creative literary expression."
Professor Chin has taught creative writing at SDSU since 1989. Throughout her time here she has shared her recognition and artistic connections to the great benefit of the MFA program and SDSU as a whole. Her nomination reminds us of the caliber of the institution we belong to and the amazing professors we are fortunate to learn from.