Chiwan Choi


Chiwan Choi is a poet, writer and publisher, author of three full length books of poetry—The Flood (Tia Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017) – and multiple poetry chapbooks, including Time Out of Space and lo/fidelity lovesongs.  Choi has published his poetry, fiction and essays in numerous journals and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, ONTHEBUS, Poem-A-Day, Entropy, cream city review, Mud City Journal, chaparral, Twelfth House, Spiral Orb, Zocalo Public Square, Esquire, Maura Magazine, and the anthologies Resist Much/Obey Little and ATTN. He has been the subject of features on KCET, LA Weekly, Cosmonaut Magazine and OTHRPPL. He was also a librettist for the opera Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands, produced by Overtone Industries.  Choi is a partner at Writ Large Press and a member of The Accomplices and the Editor at Cultural Daily.  He also hosts the paranormal podcast with a literary twist, Are You There, Ghost? It’s Me, Chiwan. Source

Excerpt from "The Yellow House"

we touch down on US soil

we are taken to Santa Monica beach

i don’t remember having seen the ocean before


there is the touch of sand at the bottom of my feet

i look up at the sun

and suddenly i can’t remember my name


a hand pulls at my arm

this is skin on my skin

he wants me to race against him


i tumble into the sand

he pulls away toward the finish line

and stops to tell me to keep running


but i don’t rise into the air

and instead watch him cry

as he promises to make me whole



we stood out in the front yard

i stared at the giant ant hills


in the center divider of our street.

he looked up at the sky


and put his hand on my shoulder

i turned and tilted my head to face him.



“this is what i want for you,” he said

“to learn to stand in the light and see the storm.”





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Childhood & Coming of Age



Literary Devices:


conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa