Henry Wei Leung

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Henry W. 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, Paul & Daisy Soros, Fulbright, the Luce Foundation in Translation, and the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program in International Law. 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 earn a JD at Berkeley Law instead.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Journals: ,
Cerise Press
Crab Orchard Review


Bettering American Poetry (Bettering Books, 2017)
Twin Cities: An Anthology of Twin Cinema from Singapore and Hong Kong (Landmark Books, 2017)
Goddess of Democracy (Omnidawn, 2017)
Paradise Hunger (Swan Scythe Press, 2012)
Prizes won: 

2018 PEN America Literary Awards (Los Angeles) - finalist

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Born in: 
Raised in: 
Honolulu, HI
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Last update: Dec 03, 2021