Erin Kong is a second-generation Korean american interdisciplinary artist fascinated with the footprints and intersection of memory, identity, and creation. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, AZ, Kong found their favorite form of childhood escapism to be storytelling (right after long tricycle rides into the sunset).
Originally introduced to singing by their musician mother at a very young age, Kong obtained a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Music Theatre) at Arizona State University. Later, they added a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies, where they became invested in how critical race theory and art can and should responsibly interact.
They are noted for her performance as Mary in Stray Cat Theatre’s production of Two Mile Hollow, where they were declared by reviewers, “the show’s queen of comedy,” and a “comical standout.”
They published their debut poetry collection, korean mourning rituals, in 2019. korean mourning rituals is now distributed online through Barnes & Noble, Target, Amazon, and Lulu Publishing, and available at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore. In 2019, they was nominated for the Phoenix Mayor's Literary Art Award.
Kong co-founded Desert Diwata, an organization dedicated to honoring and creating safe community for Asian and Pacific Islander creation in Arizona with colleague Danielle Ganon.
They were last seen as a member of the ensemble in The Sound of Music at The Phoenix Theatre Company, and in their spare time can be found guessing strangers’ sun signs, stirring cinnamon in her coffee to be #quirky, or brooding in the dark.