JOSEPH HAN was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi after immigrating with his family when he was three years old. He is the author of a short story collection, UNCROSSABLE: STORIES (YesYes Books, forthcoming September 2019), and a poetry collection BLOODLETTING (The Operating System, forthcoming 2020). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he teaches Asian American literature, fiction writing, and composition. He also the author of a chapbook, Orphan (Tinfish Press, 2015). His fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have recently appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Little Fiction, Kartika Review, wildness, The Margins, and Entropy Magazine. He is currently working on a novel about Korean immigration and Hawaiʻi.
Joseph's research areas include Asian American literature and theory, with emphasis in Korean American literature and representations of North Korea in US discourse; post-1965 US immigration narratives; and the American Short Story from 1950-present.
From 2014-2018, Joseph has hosted Mixing Innovative Arts, a monthly reading series held in Honolulu.