Short CV

LYN COFFIN

EDUCATION

Honorary PhD, World Academy Arts and Culture (UNICEF) granted for “writing excellence and efforts on behalf of world peace.” XXVII World Congress of Poets, Chennai, India, 2007
M.S.W (Honors, University of Michigan School of Social Work). May 1987. Specialized study in Interpersonal Relationships.
M.A. (University of Michigan). May 1975
M.A.T. (Teacher’s College, Columbia University). Specialized in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. June 1967
B.A. (Honors English, University of Michigan). Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude, June 1965

 

Books 

  • Human Trappings, Abattoir Editions (1980)
  • Elegies by Jiří Orten, CVU Press, (1981). Translation from Czech.
  • The Plague Column by Jaroslav Seifert, CVU Press (1981). Translation from Czech used by the Nobel Committee in granting Seifert his prize.
  • The Poetry of Wickedness, Ithaca House (1982)
  • Poems of Akhmatova, W.W. Norton (1983). Translation from Russian. Reviewed in The New York Review of Books.
  • Crystals of the Unforeseen, Plain View Press (1999)
  • More than One Life, by Miloslava Holubova, Northwestern University Press (2000). Translation from Czech, with Zdenka Brodska, and Alex Zucker.
  • Islands in the Stream of Time, by Germain Droogenbroodt, (2008). Translation from Dutch, with the collaboration of the author.
  • White Picture”, by Jiri Orten (2011). Translation from the Czech, with Eva Eckert, Zdenka Brodska, Leda Pugh. Night Publishing, UK, (2011).
  • “East and West”, poems (and Mongolian translations), with Bavuudorj Tsog. Ulaanbataar, (2012).
  • “მე ორივე ვარ” (“I Am Both”). Poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translated into Georgian by Gia Jokhadze, Mertskuli (Tbilisi), 2012.
  • “Joseph Brodsky was Joseph Brodsky,” Levan Kavleli Publishing, 2012 (This book was reviewed by Judith Roche, in Big Bridge, 2013)
  • “Georgian Anthology of Poetry”. Translation from Georgian, ed, by Dodona Kiziria, with the help of Gia Jokhadze. Slavica (Indiana University), September, 2013.
  • “Animalarky,” by Zaza Abiadnidze. Translation from Georgian, September, 2013.
  • “Miniatures,” poetry by Giorgi Kekelidze. Translation from Georgian, October, 2013.
  • “Still Life with Snow”, by Dato Barbakadze. Translation from Georgian, with Nato Alhazishvili, 2014 (This book received a $2000 translation award from the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monuments.)
  • “A Taste of Cascadia,” two plays. Whale Road Books, March, 2015.
  • “The First Honeymoon,” short fiction. Iron Twine Press, April, 2015.
  • “A Marriage Without Consummation,” poetry, with Givi Alkhazishvili. English and Georgian. Forthcoming, Whale Road Books. April 2016.
  • “10 by 10” (plays by Lyn and Natalya Churlyaeva in Russian and English, face en face). Forthcoming, Bedouin Books, August, 2015.
  • The Knight in the Panther Skin,” by Shota Rustaveli, poetry. Translation from Georgian. Poesia Press. Forthcoming, September, 2015.
  • “Standing on Earth, the poetry of Mohsen Emadi,” forthcoming from Phoneme Media [1]. Translated from the Persian with the author, September, 2016, or Perseus Book Groups [2].

Short Fiction

Plays

  • “The Girl in the Moon” (performed, Eclectic Theater, Seattle. July, 2015.)
  • “Another Passage” (a script-in-hand reading at Arts West as part of Seattle Playwrights’ Studio’s Showcase, 2012 by Barbara Lindsay (dir. by Bill Selig)
  • “Vera’s Red Hat” (performed at Stone Soup Theater, Seattle, summer, 2011)
  • “Lutefisk” (performed in New York, spring, 2010 and Nordic Museum, summer, 2010)
  • “Rodin’s Girl Friend” (performed at TaDa! Theater in New York, part of “One Woman Standing,” spring, 2010.)
  • “His Russian Wife” (performed at Boston University’s Playwright Theater, as part of their Russian Festival, February, 2010.)
  • “Seabird,” “The Box,” “The Museum,” “The Tomcat” (performed at Where Eagles Dare Theater in New York, summer, 2009)
  • “Lutefisk” (performed at Odd Duck Studios in Seattle, Washington, as part of Seattle Playwrights’ Collective’s Showcase, 2009.)
  • “The Table” (performed in Singapore, as part of Short + Sweet, summer, 2009.
  • “The Only Pretty Thing in the Room” (performed at ArtsWest in Seattle, Washington, as part of Seattle Playwrights’ Studio’s Showcase, 2009.
  • “The Difference Between Altoona and Alpena” (performed at ArtsWest in Seattle, Washington, as part of Seattle Playwrights’ Studio’s Showcase, 2008.
  • “Thin Walls” (performed at the Craft Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Attic Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, 1987)
  • “Nocturnal Emissions” (performed at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • “The Characters are Anyone, The Place Anywhere” (performed at The Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1986)
  • “Two Square Meals” (performed at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1985, and at the Trueblood Theatre at the University of Michigan.
  • “This Side Up” (performed at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and at the Craft Theatre, Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a special performance to benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital Cancer Fund, 1985)
  • “Halfway Measures” (performed script-in-hand at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1985)
  • “A Stone’s Throw” (read at the Attic Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, 1982)
  • “The Atomic Weight of Potassium” (read at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983)
  • “The Atomic Weight of Potassium” (performed at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983)
  • “Acting Out” (performed script-in-hand at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983)
  • “Straws in the Wind” (read and performed at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1983)
  • “Genie in a Klein Bottle” (performed script-in-hand at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1984)
  • “The Maze in the Aquarium”
  • “Fries in a Wineglass”
  • “Tonsils and Adenoids”

Coffin also translated and adapted Milan Uhde‘s play Ave Maria, Played Softly for the stage. This was performed at Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, c. 1985.

Essays and articles

  • “Guantanamo in Tacoma,” “The N Word,” and other short essays, speakwithoutinterruption.com, 2010-2013
  • “On Jaroslav Seifert”, Concerning Poetry, international issue, vol. 17, no. 2, 1984
  • “A.R. Ammons”, Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, vol. 1, A-D, 1981
  • “The Inside is Outside; A Review of Six First Books of Poetry”, Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1978
  • “Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem”, Generation, 1964
  • “Dear Ron: A Review of Ron Sukenick’s stories”, Golden Handcuffs Review, Fall 2007
  • “So Many Windows– A Review of Judith Roche’s The Wisdom of the Body”, Big Bridge, 2008

Anthologies/Chapbooks

  • “Shooting into the Light”, “Point of View Problems”, and “The Psychiatrist’s Second Wife”, fiction, and “The Music Box”, “Mother’s Note Home: A Self-Portrait”, “Chant for Nicole”, “Crystals of the Unforeseen”, poetry, in Wind Eyes: A Woman’s Reader and Writing Source, an anthology of work by eight women writers. Plain View Press, 1997. Edited by Susan Bright and Margo LaGattuta.
  • Wild Turkeys, poetry slam chapbook, 1998.
  • “Ned’s Aria”, “Rapunzel”, “Paradelle on Love”, “Dying in the Hospital”, “After the Funeral”, and :Eurydice’s Motivations”, in ‘ ‘Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range, an anthology of Pacific Northwest Poets, Rose Alley Press, 2007. Edited by David Horowitz.
  • “When I Was Crazy,” “103 Degrees”,”The Easy Miracle”, “Gulf War”, in ‘ ‘Many Trails to the Summit”, an anthology of Pacific Northwest Poets, Rose Alley Press, 2010. Edited by D. Horowitz.

Awards

  • Major and Minor Hopwood Awards in every category (Drama, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Poetry, and Essay).
  • First prize in Translation from the Academy of American Poets for her translation of Orten’s Elegies.
  • First prize in the International Poetry Review for “Selected Orten Translations,” Spring, 1980.
  • Finalist in the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Short Play Competition (for “Tonsils and Adenoids”).
  • Recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant
  • Second place winner of the Porad Haiku Award (2004)
  • First prize, Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Award (2004)
  • “Best Poems and Poets of 2005”, poetry.com
  • Winner, Bart Baxter Performance Poetry Award (2006)
  • Runner-up, Genghis Khan Poetry Prize (World Congress of Poets, Mongolia) 2006
  • Winner, Gandhi Poetry Prize (World Congress of Poets, India) 2007
  • first Playwright in Residence, Lorgean Theater, Bucharest, Romania, Spring/Summer, 2012

Exhibitions

  • “The Reception Line” was part of a visual art (Edge) exhibition at The Seattle Convention Center, August to October, 2012.

Readings and Performances

  • Wrote AOL’s poetry column in the late 1990s
  • Performed Alki Stage, Bumbershoot [4] in Seattle, September 3, 2004
  • Featured reader Tacoma, One World One Love series, Fall 2004
  • Launched Hugo House’s [www.hugohouse.org/} “Writers on Work” program, April, 2004
  • Local readings: Magnolia Bookstore, (February, 2004) subsequently: Burning Word, Elliot Bay, Hugo House, Frye Art Museum, Park Place Books, the Nordic Museum,
  • Reading / Interview / Guest teaching Miss Halls School, January 2011
  • Featured as part of a “Peg & Frank” performance at Gallery 110 [www.gallery110.com] in Seattle- October, 2011
  • She was at Words Worth Poet twice, reading at City Hall before the Seattle City Council in August, 2010 and August, 2013, and part of the Words Worth collaborative reading, December, 2015.
  • At the Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor, Lyn performed with Laz Slomovits, musician, and read from White Picture (Jiri Orten); both Lyn and Laz were featured performers at the Jewish Book Festival, November, 2011
  • Soul Food Books, Redmond, reading with Judith Roche, November, 2012
  • She read with and discussed “A Poet in Exile” with Mohsen Emadi and Laz Slomowitz at the AWP, February, 2014.
  • Coffin read as part of the Its About Time Writing Series [5], in 2011 and 2009
  • She read at the Lorgean Theater [6] in Bucharest, 2012.
  • She has read in Ann Arbor, Kuala Lumpur, and the Playwrights’ Theater in Boston. www.bu.edu/bpt/
  • Coffin read as part of the International Poetry Festival in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in August of 2011.
  • She read at The Bellingham Public Library in April, 2015, with Jed Myers; at The Bookbin in Salem, OR in May, 2015, and at Northwinds’ Art Gallery (Port Townsend), again with Jed Myers, in June of 2015.
  • Coffin gave a talk and read poetry at the opening of the first Feria Internacional del libro del Estado de Mexico (Filem), Temuco, in August, 2015.
  • She read and performed at the London Georgian Film Festival in October, 2015 (Regent Street Theater, London) rhttps://www.regentstreetcinema.com/georgian-film-festival/; she also read at Georgia’s Library of Parliament in October, 2015, launching The Knight in the Panther Skin, as well as with Givi Alkhazishvili at The House of Writers, to launch A Marriage Without Consummation.
  • In September and October, she appeared on Georgian television and radio.
  • Coffin closed the Luna de Octubre International Poetry Festival in La Paz, Mexico, October, 2015.
  • She read in November, 2015, at the Gig Harbor Library (as part of their Pacific Northwest Writers’ Series).
  • She was featured in the Microsoft Auditorium of the Seattle Central Library (www.spl.org) in November of 2015.
  • She will read at Eagle Harbor Bookstore on Bainbridge Island, as part of the Lilly Ledbetter anthology. Forthcoming readings include March of 2016, at the American University in Cairo . aucegypt.edu
  • Coffin gave a talk and read poetry at the opening of the first Feria Internacional del libro del Estado de Mexico (Filem) in August, 2015.
  • Coffin has given many readings in Tbilisi, Georgia and Bucharest, 2012; Kuala Lumpur, Ann Arbor, Boston and the Seattle area, most notably as part of the Its About Time Writing Series, Seattle Public Library, Ballard branch on November 2011 (# 265) with Mac McClure, Mitra Lotfi Shemirani + Bill Carty, and December, 2009 (#244) with Oliver De La Paz and Matt Briggs.
  • Forthcoming readings include A Marriage Without Consummation, in the Spring, 2016, at the American University in Cairo.

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