Garrett Hongo

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Garrett Hongo
Born1951 (age 68–69)
Volcano, Hawai'i
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Notable worksThe River of Heaven
Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i""
Notable awardsPulitzer finalist;
Oregon Book Award;
Guggenheim Fellow,
NEA Fellowship,
Rockefeller Fellowship
PartnerShelly Withrow

Garrett Kaoru Hongo (born May 30, 1951, Volcano, Hawai'i) is a Yonsei, fourth-generation Japanese American academic and poet. The work of this Pulitzer-nominated writer draws on Japanese American history and own experiences.[1]

Educational background[edit]

Hongo has attended Pomona College and the University of Michigan, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of California at Irvine.

Hongo has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.


Hongo is a professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon. From 1989 through 1993, he was the director of the university's Program in Creative Writing.

Hongo has published three books of poetry: Yellow Light (1982) and The River of Heaven (1988), which was a Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.[1] Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i (1995), was awarded the 2006 Oregon Book Award for Literary Nonfiction. Hongo has also worked as an editor on Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays and Memoir by Wakako Yamauchi (1994) and on The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (1993).

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Garett Hongo, OCLC/WorldCat includes roughly 30+ works in 70+ publications in 2 languages and 4,600+ library holdings .[2]

  • The Buddha Bandits down Highway 99 (1978)
  • *Yellow Light, University of California, Irvine, 1980; Wesleyan University Press, 1982, ISBN 9780819511041
  • The River of Heaven Knopf, 1988, ISBN 978-0-394-56843-0; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0-88748-358-5
  • The Open boat: Poems from Asian America (1993)
  • Volcano: a Memoir of Hawaiʻi (1995)
  • The River of Heaven (1998)
  • Coral Road: Poems (2011)
  • The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays (University of Michigan Press, 2017,ISBN 978-0-472-03702-5[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Arakawa, Suzanne K. (2005). "Hongo, Garrett (Kaoru)," in Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, pp. 533-534., p. 533, at Google Books
  2. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine: Hongo, Garrett Kaoru 1951-
  3. ^ Hongo, Garrett Kaoru (2015). The mirror diary selected essays. Project Muse,, Project Muse., Project MUSE, Project MUSE. Ann Arbor [Michigan]: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472123292. OCLC 1002575041.


Further reading[edit]

  • Drake, Barbara. (1992). "Garrett Kaoru Hongo," in American Poets since World War II, 3rd series (Gwynn, R. S., ed.). Detroit, Michigan: Gale. ISBN 9780810375970; OCLC 26158348
  • Filipelli, Laurie. (1997). Garrett Hongo. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press. ISBN 9780884301295; OCLC 37550317
  • Fonseca, Anthony J. (2005). "Garrett Kaoru Hongo," in Asian American Writers (Madsen, Deborah L., ed.) Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale. ISBN 9780787681302; OCLC 57414491
  • Kamada, Roy Osamu. (2006). "Postcolonial Romanticisms: Landscape and the Possibilities of Inheritance in the Work of Jamaica Kincaid, Garrett Hongo and Derek Walcott," in Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences, 2006 Jan; 66 (7): 2573. U of California, Davis, 2005. (dissertation abstract)
  • Schröder, Nicole. (2006). Spaces and Places in Motion: Spatial Concepts in Contemporary American Literature Tübingen, Germany: Gunter Narr. ISBN 9783823362531 ISBN 3823362534; OCLC 76949181
  • Witonsky, Trudi. (2000). "Twilight Conversations: Multicultural Dialogue," in Asian American Studies: Identity, Images, Issues Past and Present (Ghymn, Esther Mikyung, ed.) New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 9780820439259; OCLC 40881565
  • Colley, Sharon E. "An Interview with Garrett Hongo," Forkroads: A Journal of Ethnic-American Literature, 1996 Summer; 4: 47-63.
  • Hull, Glynda. "This Wooden Shack Place: the Logic of an Unconventional Reading," College Composition and Communication, 1990 Oct; 41 (3): 287-98.
  • Jarman, Mark. "The Volcano Inside," The Southern Review, 1996 Spring; 32 (2): 337-43.
  • McCormick, Adrienne. "Theorizing Difference in Asian American Poetry Anthologies," MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, 2004 Fall-Winter; 29 (3-4): 59-80.
  • Sato, Gayle K. "Cultural Recuperation in Garrett Hongo's The River of Heaven," Studies in American Literature (Kyoto, Japan), 2001 Feb; 37: 57-74.
  • Slowik, Mary. "Beyond Lot's Wife: the Immigration Poems of Marilyn Chin, Garrett Hongo, Li-Young Lee, and David Mura," MELUS, 2000 Fall-Winter; 25 (3-4): 221-42.

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