Athens, Ga – Award-winning author Garrett Hongo will read from his work on Thursday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. in room 265 of Park Hall on the University of Georgia campus. The event is sponsored by UGA’s Creative Writing Program and is free and open to the public.
Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai’i, in 1951. He is the author of two books of poetry: The River of Heaven (1988), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Yellow Light (1982). His most recent book is Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995).
Hongo edited Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays and Memoir by Wakako Yamauchi (1994) and The Open Boat: Poems from Asian America (1993). His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon at Eugene, where he directed the program in creative writing from 1989 to 1993.