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Garrett Hongo

  • Professor

  • Office: 210 Alder Building
  • Phone: (541) 346-0545
  • Genre: Poetry

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.



  • The Mirror Diary, Selected Essays (University of Michigan Press, 2017)
  • Coral Road: Poems (Knopf, 2013)
  • Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i, winner of the Oregon Book Award for nonfiction (Knopf, 1995)
  • Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America (Editor) (Anchor, 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

  • Fulbright Fellowship (Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, 2012)
  • 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)


Library of Congress Press Release (event announcement)
2012 Symposium (article)
Image & Word Symposium (group photo)
IIP Digitial / US Embassy (article)

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