Kirby Wright

Kirby Wright



I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. I received my MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. I have been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and three Best of the Nets. I am a past recipient of the Honolulu Weekly Nonfiction Prize, the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, two Browning Society Awards for Dramatic

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What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

Absolutely everything. It bolstered my confidence that I could really make it as a poet and writer.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

I am a writer and overseas lecturer. In 2014 I was a Resident Scholar at Earthskin Muriwai Art Colony in West Auckland, New Zealand. I'm not sure my love of all genres of writing has changed, and my publications in 2013 attest to this. I wrote a book of poetry & prose poems, a futuristic thriller, and a collection of flash fiction. Currently I'm working on a one-man play set in Hawaii. Go here to see some of my books:

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Keep experimenting.

Suffering from lack of grants.