Henry Wei Leung

Author's Bio

Henry Wei Leung was born in China, then raised in Honolulu and the SF Bay Area. His publications include Goddess of Democracy (Omnidawn, 2017), Paradise Hunger (Swan Scythe, 2012), and his translations of Wawa's poems, Pei Pei the Monkey King (Tinfish, 2016). He's received fellowships from Kundiman, Soros, Fulbright, and the Luce Foundation. His work has appeared in Bettering American Poetry and been awarded notable mentions in the Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He's also written for such magazines as TimeOut Hong Kong and ArtAsiaPacific. He has a BA from Stanford, an MFA from the University of Michigan, and he dropped out of a PhD program in Hawai'i to pursue a JD at Berkeley Law. He currently volunteers his time at the Workers' Rights Disability Law Clinic and the Berkeley Journal of International Law.

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, Asian American Literary Review, Yemassee, ZYZZYVA
Paradise Hunger
(Swan Scythe Press, 2012)
Prizes Won: 
2018 PEN America Literary Awards - finalist

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: Nov 23, 2018