Arah Ko is a writer based in Hawai'i and an MFA poetry candidate at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where she serves as The Wheeler Prize and Art Editor for The Journal. Arah is the winner of Ruminate's Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, selected by Matthew Olzmann, and the runner-up for the Fugue 2020 Poetry Prize, judged by sam sax. She was the 2018 Luci Shaw Fellow with Image in Seattle, WA, and she is a current Lilly Graduate Fellow through Valparaiso University.
A graduate of the Wheaton College English Honors program, Arah served as Editor-in-Chief for the KODON, the college's 74-year-old literary magazine and winner of the 2017 AWP National Director's Prize for Design.
Arah studied under poet and professor Dr. Miho Nonaka and completed an honors portfolio under her tutelage entitled Metamorphoseon. While a student, she regularly entered writing competitions and was the three-time first-place recipient of the annual Lowell-Grabill Writing Contest judged by guest writers including Marie Howe and Rachel Arndt.
Growing up in Hawai'i, surrounded by jungle and books, Arah found inspiration in the rich and diverse mythological narrative of the islands, her Korean-American heritage, and traditional fairytales which continue to inspire her today. Look for glimpses of Ovid, Grimm, and the Old Testament in her recent projects.