Derek Otsuji

Poet

Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 
808-679-8881

Author's Bio

I live and write on the southern shore of Oahu, between the Ko'olau Mountains and Kewalo Harbor. I am an avid birder; so what a terrific thrill it was last summer when I spotted my first indigo bunting in Tennessee, where I attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference. I collect beach glass and love exploring tide pools. My big project right now is reviving the pikake (jasmine) patch on my father's farm, which sits at the base of Koko Head Crater. When the bushes flush with buds, we pick them and sew them into leis. I teach at a local community college, where my students know me as "Mr. O. " To my friends, I'm "Big D."

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

Crab Orchard Review Poetry Series Open Competition Winner, 2021

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Andrew Marvell, John Keats, William Wordsworth, James Wright, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hass, W.S. Merwin, Ilya Kaminsky, Melissa Green.
What I'm reading now: 
Summer Snow by Robert Hass

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Honolulu, HI
Hawaii
Raised in: 
Honolulu, HI
Hawaii
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Last update: Jul 29, 2020