Henry Wei Leung

Author's Bio

Henry Wei Leung was born in China, then raised in Honolulu and the SF Bay Area. He studied at Stanford University (BA) and the University of Michigan (MFA), and dropped out of the University of Hawai'i (PhD). He's received Kundiman, Soros, and Fulbright Fellowships, and a John Young Scholarship in the Arts. His chapbook, Paradise Hunger, won the Swan Scythe Press Prize in 2012. His first collection, Goddess of Democracy, was selected by Cathy Park Hong for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Contest in 2017. He's also the translator of Wawa's book of poems, Pei Pei the Monkey King (Tinfish, 2016). His work has appeared in Bettering American Poetry, and given notable mention in the Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He's also written for such magazines as TimeOut Hong Kong and ArtAsiaPacific. He will be working toward a J.D. degree in the fall of 2018.

Publications and Prizes

Goddess of Democracy
(Omnidawn, 2017)
Bettering American Poetry
(Bettering Books, 2017)
, Twin Cities: An Anthology of Twin Cinema from Singapore and Hong Kong
(Landmark Books, 2017)
Boxcar Poetry Review, Cerise Press, Crab Orchard Review, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Lantern Review, New Delta Review, Solo Cafe, The Asian American Literary Review, Yemassee, ZYZZYVA
Paradise Hunger
(Swan Scythe Press, 2012)

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Identifies as: 
Asian American
Born in: 
Zhongshan, China
Raised in: 
Honolulu, HI
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Last updated: Jan 09, 2018