Paul Asta was born in South Korea. He is a bookbinder and writer from the Chicago Suburbs. Currently, he resides in Cork, Ireland studying Creative Writing at University College Cork on a Fulbright Grant.

He is a poetry editor for Hobart, a founding member of Frontier Slumber, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Indiana University Bloomington where he earned his M.F.A. in Poetry. 



Book Reviews:

- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri or: How To Find a Good Book at the Airport. - Indiana Review


- "Tell All Your Friends" - Scrimshander Books, Osedax Press (Print) (forthcoming)

- "Where You Left Her" New Flash Fiction Review 


- "An Interview with Guest Reader Paul Asta" Smokelong Quarterly


- "Apiarist's Chest" Best New British and Irish Poets 2017, Eyewear Publishing 

- "Astral Projection, or: Computer > power on > run, AIM.exe > enter chatroom > Hot Chicago Singles #3" 

        Word Riot

- “Became a Burrito Hater at Chipotle” Hobart

- "Bobby Flay - The Supernatural" Hobart

- “Cryopreservation” HobartCassette 74Dostoyevsky Wannabe

- "Dave Matthews Band, Live at Madison Square Garden” Hobart

- "Drive-in Movie Theater" Hobart

- "Eating Carrots at Dinner Alone" Vanilla Sex Magazine

- “How to Successfully Run an Arby’s Franchise (Post Hurricane Katrina)” Hobart

- “I Am Looking For Love” Cassette 74Dostoyevsky Wannabe

- “In the event that I die somewhat peacefully and my wish to be cremated is forgotten and instead I am buried with my cellphone in a cemetery near a McDonald’s so that I can continue using free wifi.”HobartCassette 74, Dostoyevsky Wannabe

- “In the event that I get a summer job working at Foot Locker and in the College Mall Food Court there is a man named Hank working at Chik-fil-A singing a remix of the Ignition (Remix) on my lunch break” Hobart

- "Life at Your Grandparents Lake House in Wisconsin" spy kids review 

- “Lullaby for the Wandering Child” Ninth Letter

- "Netflix & Don't Fucking Touch Me Please" Vanilla Sex Magazine

- “No Effects For the Restless EP” Cassette 74Dostoyevsky Wannabe

- "On Being Asked Why the Night Sky is So Beautiful" Word Riot

- “Self Portrait in a Beckettian Closet Full of Blue Shirts” Cassette 74Dostoyevsky Wannabe

- "The Great American Road Trip, or: Ordering Food While My Father Uses the Bathroom at Olive Garden on Our Road Trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY for the First Time" Hobart

- "The Sad Suburban Life Contest" FEAR NO LIT 

- "Timeline In Which I Do Not Exist" - The Journal

- “Two Hours Before My Flight Leaves for Houston, Texas in a Chili’s To Go, I Write My Best Man Speech on Paper Napkins Because the Waitress Spilled Salsa All Over My Moleskine®” Cassette 74Dostoyevsky Wannabe


- "In Search of Duende: Self Loathing in a Fast Food Parking Lot, or: A Catalog of Sadness" - The Fanzine



Readings / Events:

- "Ó Bhéal Poetry Reading: Univerity College Cork Creative Writing MA Students" (February 2017)

- "Poetry and Prose from Scott Fenton, Paul Asta and Megan Giddings" (December 2016)

- "Reading with Gregory Pardlo," Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (February 2016)

- "Fountain Square Poetry Series," Bloomington, IN (February 2016)

- "Poets Look at Paintings," Poetry Center of Chicago, (November 2015)

- "Last Sunday Poetry Reading," The Writers Guild at Bloomington, IN (September 2015)

Podcast / Audio Recordings:

- "A Chorus of Static" The Poets Weave

- "Lullaby For The Wandering Child" The Poets Weave

- "Luminescence" The Poets Weave

- "Play ball!" Mr. Bear's Violet Hour Saloon

- "Rule of Three" Middle Literate


STORM & SKY is my final project for a book binding class I took in the fall of 2015.