VIDA Reads with Writers – Hannah Sanghee Park!

What are you reading on the subway or in the waiting room today?

Kazim AliResident Alien: On Border-crossing and the Undocumented Divine. Amazing.

What book popped for you in 2015? 

Six people I’ve known, read, and loved for years all released their wonderful first books in 2015: Nicholas Gulig (North of Order)Elaine Kahn (Women in Public)Margaret Ross (A Timeshare)Taryn Schwilling (The Anatomist)Steven Toussaint (The Bellfounder), and Marci Vogel (At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody).

Kept close: The Future of Television, the most recent book by professor/fount Pamela Douglas.

Whose words do you return to regularly?

H.D.TsvetaevaBaldwin. I always reread books I loved to read growing up The Arabian Nights, Greco-Roman mythology, fairytales and folklore around the world, and the Bible.

Is there an author you can’t wait to read next?

Don Mee Choi‘s Hardly War  and Cody Walker’s The Self-Styled No-Child both come out this year.

What are you working on now? What can VIDA fans look forward to from you next?

I just finished two television pilots I feel happy about, and I’m finishing the outline of a feature.


HannahHANNAH SANGHEE PARK‘s first book The Same-Different was the 2014 winner of The Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award, recently given a starred review by Publishers Weekly. She was selected as one of Poets & Writers Debut Poets. Park is a recipient of fellowships from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Fulbright Program, The CBS Writers Program, The Poetry Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and others.