About Garrett HongoGarrett Hongo is a Japanese American poet and academic. Hongo published his first collection of poetry Yellow Light in 1982. His other collections of poetry include Coral Road: Poems (2011), The River of Heaven (1988), which was the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. He is also the author of The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays (2017) and Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'i (1995), winner of the Oregon Book Award for nonfiction.
Hongo’s honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2022, he received the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry from The Sewanee Review. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon at Eugene.
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