Lyn Coffin

American Poet, Fiction Writer, Playwright, Translator

Lyn Coffin was born in November 12, 1943, on Long Island, New York. She graduated from the University of Michigan. She holds an M.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A.T., Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia University. She has an honorary doctorate from the World Academy of Arts and Culture (UNICEF). She was later Associate Editor of the Michigan Quarterly Review and taught English at the University of Michigan.

Coffin is the author of fifteen books. She has published fiction, poetry and non-fiction in over fifty quarterlies and small magazines, including Catholic Digest and Time magazine. One of her fictions, originally published in the Michigan Quarterly Review appeared in Best American Short Stories 1979, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Her plays have been performed at theaters in Malaysia, Singapore, Boston, New York, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Seattle. She has given poetry readings with Nobel Prize winners Joseph Brodsky and Czesław Miłosz, and Philip Levine, among others. 

Coffin has translated Joseph Brodsky’s and Czesław Miłosz’s poetry.  In 2013, Slavica Publishers published  “Georgian Poetry. Rustaveli to Galaktion”, a bilingual poetry collection featuring  Coffin’s translations of works by Shota Rustaveli, Alexander Chavchavadze, Grigol Orbeliani, Nikoloz Baratashvili, Galaktion Tabidze, among others.  She has translated poems by Dato Barbakadze and Giorgi Kekelidze.  Currently, she is working on poetic translation of “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”.

She is a member of Washington Poets’ Association, PoetsWest, Seattle Playwrights’ Studio, and Dramatists’ Guild. Coffin currently resides in Seattle.