Discipline: Literature – poetry

Monica Sok

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Leola, PA
MacDowell fellowships: 2016, 2022

Monica Sok is a Cambodian poet from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the chapbook Year Zero, winner of the Poetry Society of America 2015 Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Marilyn Chin. Sok also wrote A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), which she worked on during her 2016 Fellowship at MacDowell.

Sok has taught poetry as a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and alongside the late Anthony Veasna So, she taught poetry to Southeast Asian youths at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants. A Kundiman fellow, Sok has received scholarships from Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc., Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her poems appear in Narrative, The New Republic, Paris Review, Ninth Letter, The Offing, and TriQuarterly Review, among others. She is the 2016-2018 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.

In 2022, she worked on a TV pilot in residence.



Monica Sok worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the west side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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