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 Coral Road

The River
of Heaven

Yellow Light

Garrett Hongo


(541) 346-0545

Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences


B.A., Pomona College; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine. Graduate studies in Far Eastern Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan and in Critical Theory at UC Irvine.

Coral Road (Knopf, 2011)
Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America (Editor) (Anchor, 1995)
Volcano, winner of the Oregon Book Award for nonfiction (Knopf, 1995)
The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (Editor) (Anchor, 1993)
The River of Heaven, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (Knopf, 1988)
Yellow Light (Wesleyan, 1982)

His poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Antaeus, Field, Georgia Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Parnassus, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Hawaii Herald, and The New Yorker. Professor Hongo was profiled in the PBS Television series "Moyers: The Power of the Word," New work in poetry and nonfiction has appeared in Georgia Review, The New York Times Magazine, Hawaii Herald, American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Best American Poetry 2008.

Honors & Awards
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio Study Center, 2005)
Oregon Book Award for nonfiction (1996)
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (Bellagio Study Center, 1992)
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1990)
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (1989)
National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1988)
Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets (1987)

04/12 : Lantern Review Blog - A Conversation with Garrett Hongo
04/12 : Poem-A-Day : "Holiday in Honolulu"
04/12 : The Asian American Literary Review
              -- Library of Congress Press Release (event announcement)
              -- 2012 Symposium (article)
              -- Image & Word Symposium (group photo)
              -- IIP Digitial / US Embassy (article)
03/11 : - "Pupukea Shell"