English lecturer Joseph Han was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. In Spring 2019, he received a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he was a lecturer on Asian American literature and also a composition instructor for both fiction and non-fiction.

Joseph is also author of two books to be released in 2020, a short story collection, UNCROSSABLE: STORIES (YesYes Books, March 2020), and a poetry collection BLOODLETTING (The Operating System, 2020). His writing has recently appeared in Joyland Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet TendencyLittle Fiction, Kartika Review, and wildness.

This year, Joseph is the 2019 fellow with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, where he was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the anthology best known for recognizing prominent writers early in his career. In 2015, he also won an Academy of American Poets Prize.

During his years in academia, Joseph taught both expository and creative writing at all levels. His versatility a reader, writer, and teacher allows him to quickly adapt his instruction style to the needs and idiosyncrasy of each student.  He collaborates with students at every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to those final revision. He is also trained in literary and visual analysis. He also has experience serving on graduate program admissions committees and guided several applicants through the process of assembling a compelling portfolios and candidate introductions.

Below are some of Joseph’s recently published shorter works.


Terms & Conditions for Meeting My Korean Parents at their Place for Dinner

Crimes Against Growth

North Korea Sirens and a Policy of Fear