Kirby Wright

532 Elepaio StreetHonolulu, HI 96816
Phone: 
760.727.2850
E-mail: 
Website: 
kibs33.wix.com/kirbywright

Author's Bio

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. I received my MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. I have been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and three Best of the Nets. I am a past recipient of the Honolulu Weekly Nonfiction Prize, the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, two Browning Society Awards for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, my first book of poetry, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. I am also the author of the companion novels PUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. I was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where I represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii and lectured with Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder. I was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha's Vineyard Writers Residency in Edgartown, MA, the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic, and the 2014 Resident Scholar at the Earthskin Artist Colony in Auckland, New Zealand.

Publications and Prizes

Book

Punahou Blues
(Lemon Shark Press,
2005)
Moloka'i Nui Ahina, Summers on the Lonely Isle
(Lemon Shark Press,
2007)
The Widow from Lake Bled
(Moon Pie Press,
2014)
The End My Friend: Prelude to the Apocalypse
(Lemon Shark Press,
2013)
Square Dancing at the Asylum: Nouveau Noir Flash Fiction
(Lemon Shark Press,
2013)
Notes Above Water, Selected Poems
(Lemon Shark Press,
2014)
Hong Kong Man
(Lemon Shark Press,
2015)

Chapbook

Life Extension
(Lemon Shark Press,
2001)
Permanent Damage
(The Last Automat Press,
2013)
Princess Cathy in the Land of Regret
(Medulla Publishing,
2014)
The Girl With the Green Violin
(Etched Press,
2015)

Anthology

Best of Branches
(Uccelli Press,
2002)
IMPACT: An Anthology of Short Memoirs
(Telling Our Stories Press,
2012)
Fast Forward: Flash Fiction Anthology, Volume 5
(Fast Forward Press,
2012)
Foliate Oak Literary Magazine
(University of Arkansas Press,
2013)
FutureCycle 2011
(Futurecycle Press,
2012)
The Understanding between Foxes and Light
(great weather for MEDIA,
2013)
Empty Mirror
(Empty Mirror Books,
2013)

Journal

Maryland Poetry Review
2015)
Wisconsin Review
2015)
Artful Dodge
2015)
Blue Mesa Review
2015)
Santa Clara Review
2015)
Hawai'i Review
2015)
Welter Magazine
2015)
West Magazine
2015)
Howling Dog
2015)
Drunken Boat
2015)
Horizon
2015)
Thunder Sandwich
2015)
Hayden's Ferry Review
2015)
Blue Fifth Review
2015)
In Posse Review
2015)
Wayne Literary Review
2015)
Blue Fifth Review
2015)
Three Candles
2015)
Prose Poem
2015)
Muse Apprentice Guild
2015)
Fairfield Review
2015)
Cold Mountain Review
2015)
Cape Rock
2015)
Slipstream
2015)
Cortland Review
2015)
River City Review
2015)
West Wind Review
2015)
Portland Review
2015)
Palo Alto Review
2015)
Slant: A Journal of Poetry
2015)
Red Rock Review
2015)
Plainsongs
2015)
Red Booth Review
2015)
Chaminade Literary Review
2015)
Circle Magazine
2015)
Ink
2015)
Pleiades
2015)
Black Bear Review
2015)
Poetry Magazine
2015)
COE Review
2015)
Trestle Creek Review
2015)
Mad Poets Review
2015)
Alchemy
2015)
The Prose Poem
2015)
Branches Quarterly
2015)
Rockford Review
2015)
Fox Cry Review
2015)
Rogue Scholars
2015)
sidereality
2015)
Whimperbang
2015)
Pieran Springs
2015)
Shampoo
2015)
Stirring
2015)
Tryst
2015)
Megaera
2015)
Taj Mahal Review
2015)
Melic Review
2015)
Seems
2015)
Meat Whistle Quarterly
2015)
Into the Teeth of the Wind
2015)
Erosha
2015)
Reed Magazine
2015)
Icon
2015)
Urbanus
2015)
Tight
2015)
Sentence
2015)
Zing
2015)
Poetic Diversity
2015)
Owen Wister Review
The Foliate Oak Online Literary Magazine
The Foliate Oak Online Literary Magazine
Asia Literary Review
580 Split
Drunken Boat
Mad Hatters Review
Pisgah Review
Caper Literary Journal
Poetry for the Masses
Yemassee
Pig Iron Malt
Arabesques Review
Maryland Review
Tipton Poetry Journal
Psychic Meatloaf
The Prose-Poem Project
Tributaries
Ozone Park
Southern Indiana Review
The Montreal Review
Harpur Palate
The Fourth River
The Dos Passos Review
Monkey Puzzle
Connotation Press
Poets Against the War
Riverbabble
Gargoyle
Ludlow Press
J Journal: New Writing on Justice
Scholars & Rogues
Fiction At Work
Poetry Quarterly
Phantom Kangaroo
Short, Fast and Deadly
The Fiddleback
San Pedro River Review
Neon
Calliope
The Chaffey Review
Prime Mincer
Red Ochre Lit
Mascara Literary Review
Blinking Cursor
Still Crazy
Switchback
Platte Valley Review
Line Zero
The Medulla Review
Ascent Aspirations Magazine
Hippocampus Magazine
FutureCycle Poetry
Washington Square
The Quotable
Front Range Review
Santa Fe Literary Review
Out of Our
Temenos Journal
Sheepshead Review
Flash Fiction
The Chaffey Review
Pif Magazine
The Literary Bohemian
New Madrid
Floorboard review
Kindling
Moonshot Magazine
The Green Tricycle
Wilderness House Literary Review
Sein und Werden
The Monarch Review
Caveat Lector
SNReview
Marco Polo Arts Mag
Grain Magazine
Poetry Repair Shop
Prism International
Worcester Review
Forge
Fox Chase Review
Vine Leaves Literary Journal
Bayou Magazine
Ginosko Literary Journal
Emerge Literary Journal
The Conium Review
Phantom Kangaroo
Black Heart Magazine
Dead Flowers
The Kerf
Gulf Stream
Slab Literary Review
Marco Polo Arts Mag
The Coachella Review
Meat for Tea: The Valley Review
The Broadkill Review
Writer's Bloc
San Jose Studies
Poetry South
Shenandoah
Muses Workshop Online
Medulla Review
Southword Journal
Revolution House
The Conium Review
Pithead Chapel
Poydras Review
Crack the Spine
Crack the Spine
Concho River Review
Cactus Heart
Pudding Magazine: The International Journal of Applied Poetry
Flash, The International Short-short Story Magazine
Petrichor Review
Star 82 Review
The Blue Moon Literary & Art Review
Blue Lyra Review
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review
Map Literary
Florida English
Mason's Road
Stoneboat
Litro Magazine
Howling Dog
Moon City Review
Embodied Effigies
Mayday Magazine
Sleet Magazine
Blue Lyra Review
Embodied Effigies
Pacific Review
Clare Literary Journal
The Ilanot Review
The Ilanot Review
Printer's Devil Review
The Molotov Cocktail
Embodied Effigies
Prizes: 
Resident Scholar at Earthskin Muriwai (New Zealand), New York Mills Cultural Center Artist in Residence, Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, Ann Fields Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowships for Poetry and The Novel, Visiting Writer Fellowship for International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, First Place in Poetry by San Diego Book Awards Association, First Place in Alsop Review Fiction Competition, Editor's Circle Award in Poetry Magazine, First Place in The Political Poet Poetry Competition (in Honor of Walt Whitman), Finalist in The Bevel Summers Story Prize, Honolulu Weekly Poetry Prize, Honolulu Weekly Essay Prize, Second Place Prairie Schooner Nonfiction Award, Finalist in The Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, Muses Review Poet Neophyte of the Month, Featured Writer of the Month at Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, Featured Writer at Embodied Effigies Magazine, Ka Palapala Po'okela Book Awards Honorable Mention, Three Certificates of Excellence from the San Diego Book Awards, Featured Writer of the Month at Kona Public Library, Certificate of Recognition by the California State Assembly, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World.

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Pacific Islander
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Seniors
Fluent in: 
French
Born in: 
Honolulu, HI
Raised in: 
Honolulu, HI

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Bridge by Hart Crane, The Sufferings of Young Werther by Goethe, Djinn by Alain Robbe-Grillet, The Candles of your Eyes by James Purdy
Favorite Books:
The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises, Light in August, The Red Badge of Courage, The Catcher in the Rye, The Sufferings of Young Werther
Favorite Authors:
Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Plath, TS Eliot, Goethe, Salinger, Crane, Robbe-Grillet, Kawabata

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Listing last updated: June 15, 2015.