GARRET KAORU HONGO was born near Volcano, Hawaii, on the island of Hawaii and was educated in at Pomona College(B.A.) and the University of California at Irvine (M.F.A.). He has received a Thomas J. Watson fellowship (to live in Japan for a year), the Hopwood Prize for Poetry , The Discovery/The Nation award, and a N.E.A. Creative Writing Fellowship. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines.
"Garret Kaoru Hongo's first collection of poems I a beautifully written and extremely moving book. A Japanese American, Hongo asks his reader to consider the historical dilemma of the post war Japanese living in Hawaii and California. Ye the politics of these poems are intimate and person... and when Hongo's anger and indignation breaks loose in his work... the effect is exhilarating and liberating."~David St. John, The Antioch Review
"To read Hongo's poems is to know one's own ordinary secret world worthy of song. Songs of grief and songs of praise. He constantly grows, and is now at least one of the best"~Maxine Hong Kingston