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 March 2020), and a poetry collection CUPPING (The Operating System, forthcoming). He received a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he taught Asian American literature, fiction writing, and composition. His writing has recently appeared in Joyland Magazine, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Little Fiction, Kartika Review, and wildness. 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, he hosted Mixing Innovative Arts, a monthly reading series held in Honolulu.