ishle-usaIshle Yi Park is a Korean American world-travelling poet, singer, and the first woman to be named the Poet Laureate of Queens – the largest and most diverse borough in New York . Dubbed “the Queen of Queens” by her fans, Ishle's first book, The Temperature of This Water , was published by Kaya Press in 1994, and is the winner of three literary awards, including a Pen America Award and the Member's Choice Award of the Asian American Literary Awards.

Her poetry has been published in literary magazines such as Ploughshares Wasafiri The Best American Poetry of 2003 , and Century of the Tiger: One Hundred Years of Korean Culture in America . Her poetry album, Work is Love , includes tracks with Korean traditional drums, Spanish guitar, beatboxing, and music produced by Japan 's critically acclaimed DJ Honda.


Ishle has opened for artists such as KRS-One, Ben Harper, and Saul Williams, and has been featured at literary and music festivals performing her unique blend of poetry and song at over three hundred venues around the world, including Cuba, Jamaica, Singapore, Korea, and New Zealand. She is a regular on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents: Def Poetry Jam and was a touring cast member of the Tony-Award winning production of Def Poetry Jam.


A feature article in The New York Timescommented, "Ishle has the face of an angel and the soul of a rock star" while author Martin Espada writes: "Ishle Yi Park is a brilliant young poet: fiery, intelligent, raw, funny, brave."


Ishle is currently working on her first album of acoustic songs.

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