Stephanie Han

Fiction Writer

Honolulu, HI

Author's Bio

Stephanie Han’s Paterson Fiction Prize winning short story collection Swimming in Hong Kong (Willow Springs Books) was the finalist for the AWP Grace Paley Prize, the Spokane Prize, and the Asian Books Blog award. Her stories won recognition from the South China Morning Post, Nimrod International, and Santa Fe Writer's Project. Han has published across the genres, and received grants/fellowships from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, PEN, and VONA. She was the inaugural English Literature PhD graduate of City University of Hong Kong and lives in Hawaii, home of her family since 1904.

Publications & Prizes

Swimming in Hong Kong (Willow Springs Books, 2016)
Prizes won: 

Shortlist Asian Books Blog Year of the Rooster Award Swimming in Hong Kong, Jan. 2018.

Winner Paterson Short Fiction Award Swimming in Hong Kong, Apr. 2017.

Finalist Wilder Poetry Manuscript Award, “Passing in the Middle Kingdom”, 2017.

Sole Finalist Spokane Prize for Fiction, Eastern Washington U, 2015.

Sole Finalist AWP Grace Paley Prize Short Fiction Award, (judge: Nahid Rachlin), 2015.

Finalist Santa Fe Writer’s Project (judge: Richard Currey), 2004.

Winner U of AZ Asian American Faculty Assoc. Award, Tucson, 2004-05.

Scholarship U of AZ Foundation Award, Tucson, 2004.

Winner South China Morning Post/RTHK Short Story Competition, (judge: Maria Rejt), 2002.

Winner Nimrod/Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize, (judge: Ron Carlson), 2002.

Scholarship Voices of Our Nation (VONA), San Francisco, 2001.

Fellowship San Francisco State U Graduate Equity, San Francisco, 1999-00; 2000-01.

Fellowship PEN West Emerging Voices Writing, Los Angeles, 1999.

Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs Grant: Writing Panelist, Los Angeles, 1996-97.

Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs Grant: Fiction, Los Angeles, 1995-1996.

Winner Corwin Screenwriting Award Dive For Gold: Olympian Dr. Sammy Lee, Santa Barbara, 1995.

Winner Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs Grant: Poetry L.A.(Lovers Anonymous), 1994-95.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Black Indian by Shonda Buchanan

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Identifies as: 
Asian American
Born in: 
St. Louis, MO
Raised in: 
Continental United States
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Last update: Jan 23, 2020