Helena Chung
helenahchung (at) gmail (dot) com

EDUCATION

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA). August 2017 - May 2020 (expected). 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: MFA in Creative Writing.

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD). August 2013 - May 2017.

Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences: B.A. in the Writing Seminars (Poetry Concentration), and Film and Media Studies (Critical Studies track). 
Honors: Dean’s List, Kumud Arvind Patel and Arvind Vithaldas Patel Scholarship (2015–2016, 2016-2017).

University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). September 2015 - December 2015

School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing, School of Art, Media, and American Studies.
First Class Honors, IFSA-Butler Academic Achievement List.
Studied abroad through IFSA Butler, taking modules in Japanese Cinema and Crime Fiction, as well as completing a Creative Writing dissertation consisting of 16 pages of poetry and a critical self-commentary. 

Chantilly High School (Chantilly, VA). September 2008 - May 2013

Advanced Diploma, Honors Student
Recipient of 2012 Smith Book Award and 2013 English Department Award. National AP Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar.

WORK AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Baltimore Youth Film Arts (Baltimore, MD). May 2016 - June 2017
Program Assistant

Responsible for administrative work and supporting the Baltimore Youth Film Arts Program in its mission to offer city residents ages 16-29 the opportunity to learn camera skills, refine storytelling techniques, and create films and photographs, as well as build an online archive of Baltimore voices; a representation of Baltimore, historical and current, real and imagined. (link)

Writers in Baltimore Schools (Baltimore, MD). May 2015 - May 2017
Student Group President, May 2016 - May 2017

As president of the Writers in Baltimore Schools student group, sponsored by the JHU Center for Social Concern, I help support WBS in its mission to educate, motivate, inspire, celebrate, and build community with the youth of Baltimore through in-school, after-school, evening, weekend, and summer programming and events.

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

The Adroit Journal (Remote). November 2015 - February 2017
Poetry Reader

Read, evaluate, vote and providing critical commentary for poetry submissions through Submittable. (link)

Vector Magazine (Baltimore, MD). January 2015 - August 2016
Managing Editor, May 2015 - present

Responsible for making final decisions on the submission pool, approving in-house edits, and coding and designing quarterly issues. (link)

FELLOWSHIPS

The Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets (Lewisburg, PA). June 2016

Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. For the 2016 Seminar, visiting poets Mary Jo Bang and Brian Teare will join director K.A. Hays and staff members Deirdre O'Connor, Chet'la Sebree, and Emily Goodman Means. (link)

AWARDS

  • Three Arts Club of Homeland Award (for excellence in writing), 2017

  • 2015-2016 Chaffee Writing Prize, given in recognition of the performance and promise of Writing Seminars undergraduates.

  • 2015 Laureen Rita Schipsi Poetry Prize, Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.

  • 2014 New York Times Found Poetry Contest, runner-up

  • 2013 Scholastic Writing and Arts Awards: Poetry, Gold Key

  • 2013 Scholastic Writing and Arts Awards: Poetry, Silver Key

  • 2013 Scholastic Writing and Arts Awards: Poetry, Silver Key

  • 2013 Scholastic Writing and Arts Awards: Portfolio, Silver Key

PROJECTS & ENGAGEMENTS

BMore Outspoken (Baltimore, MD)
A mobile poetry cart dedicated to collecting poems, art work, words of wisdom, and stories from around the city, a collaboration between Writers in Baltimore Schools and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Cannes Film Festival 2015 (Cannes, France)
Attended Cannes Film Festival as part of a summer program through the JHU Film and Media Studies department. Watching films and writing daily blog posts. 

Kundiman: Kavad: Mother Tongues (New York, NY)
Youth Poet, Mother Tongues recovers diasporic narratives by chronicling the lives and experiences of mothers across three Asian American generations. Interviews, poetry and performances combine to form an archive that documents the triumphs and challenges of building lives in America. (link)

SKILLS & INTERESTS

Activism, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Blogging, Creative Writing (Poetry), Critical Film Studies, Design, Editing, Education, Film Reviews/Film Journalism, FinalCut, HTML Coding, Korean, Microsoft Office, Non-Profit work, Publishing, Social Justice, Social Media, Squarespace.

PUBLICATIONS

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