Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon and The Palace of Contemplating Departure, which won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the chapbook Bright Power, Dark Peace.

Professor Saito is a recipient of the Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship and a California State Library Public Education Grant.

She 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, Poetry Northwest, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. Reviews of her work have appeared in Drunken Boat and The Collagist.

A selection of her recorded poetry is available at her website. An interview with Prof. Saito is available from Switchback, the MFA program's literary magazine.

MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry), Sarah Lawrence College
MA, Religious Studies, New York University
BA, Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley

Saito, B. (2016). Power Made Us Swoon. Pasadena, CA: Red Hen Press.

Saito, B. (2013). The Palace of Contemplating Departure. Pasadena, CA: Red Hen Press.

Saito, B. & Brimhall, T. (2013). Bright Power, Dark Peace. Diode Editions.

Awards & Distinctions

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, Red Hen Press

Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, Key West Literary Seminars

Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship

Kundiman Writer-in-Residence, Sierra Nevada College