A poet, journalist, and flash writer, Arah has work published in New Reader Magazine, Sidereal, GASHER, and Rust+Moth among others. She was the 2018 Luci Shaw Fellow for Image and is a current Lilly Graduate Fellow. In 2021, Arah was the winner of the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, judged by Matthew Olzmann, and in 2020 was the runner-up for Fugue's Poetry Contest, judged by sam sax. Today, Arah is an MFA Poetry Candidate at The Ohio State University in Columbus where she serves as The Wheeler Prize and Art Editor for The Journal.
Arah Ko is a writer from Hawai'i and the Greater Chicago Area. A graduate of the Wheaton College English Honors program, Arah served as Editor-in-Chief for the KODON, the college's septuagenarian literary magazine and winner of the 2017 AWP National Director's Prize for Design. As a student, she was the three-time first-place recipient of the annual Lowell-Grabill Writing Contest judged by guest writers including Marie Howe and Rachel Arndt.
“Arah Ko’s 'Eve Begun' also reconceives a traditionally masculine story—the one in which the woman is the cause of humanity’s downfall. She infuses this narrative with desire, with a powerful feminine energy that digs deep into the present moment of want rather than abstracting to morality...“Tangle fists / in dark hair, and pull. Take / the fruit from her wet fingers, / swallow it whole.”
― Kristin George Bagdanov, Ruminate
"Telephobia" & "Cullet" Sugar House Review,Forthcoming
"Sisyphus Offers Prometheus Water" Juked, Forthcoming
"Fish Eye" Ruminate, Forthcoming
"Haole Sonnet" Sidereal, August 2021
"God's Love is Very Loud" Fugue, November 2020
"I Want to Want to Get Better" & Other Poems New Reader Magazine, June 2020
"Lucid Fever" Gabriela Michele Milkova, April 2020
"Her Name Was Daphne" Grimoire, November 2019
“Phototaxis” & Other Poems GASHER Journal, November 2019
"'God's Love is Very Loud' is a fascinating poem
that plays with the enjambed line to surprise
and mirror the speaker's complex relationship with faith."
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