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, CA 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 an adjunct faculty member in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco and the BA program at California Institute of Integral Studies. She also co-directs, alongside Nikiko Masumoto, the Yonsei Memory Project, based in Fresno and the Bay Area, and co-founded the Center for Spiritual Life in Palo Alto, CA. In Spring, 2018, Brynn will be a Visiting Writer in Saint Mary's College's MFA program in Moraga, 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).
"Like any good american"
This is my last post as Nomadic Ground's poetry editor. Those of you who received coffee roasted and packed in late December found my poem, "Like Any Good American," folded into the flap. Here's a video of me reading that poem, and others, at a brunch fundraiser for Kearny Street Workshop. Happy coffee drinking to you.