Critically-acclaimed poet Ishle Yi Park to share her poetry at Benedictine

Critically-acclaimed poet Ishle Yi Park to share her poetry at Benedictine
April 3, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Award-winning poet Ishle Yi Park will share her poetry at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 in Kindlon Hall Room 270 on the campus of Benedictine University. Park is a critically acclaimed poet who is also the Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. Her collection of poetry and prose, “The Temperature of This Water (2004),” received the Pen America Award for Outstanding Writers of Color and also the Members’ Choice Award of the Asian American Literary Awards. Her work has been published in The Best American Poetry of 2003 and The Beacon Best of 2001. Park has served as the Arts-In-Education Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and has taught creative writing at high schools, universities, community centers and prisons. She has performed throughout the United States as well as in Cuba, New Zealand and Singapore. Park has appeared several times on HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents: Def Poetry Jam,” and was featured on the NAACP Image Awards in 2003. Additional details concerning Park’s literary career and accomplishments can be found on her web site at www.ishle.com. The event is free and is open to both students and community members. This event is funded by the Bishop Daniel W. Kucera Endowment Fund, the Department of Language and Literature and the Office of Student Activities.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.