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Kirby Wright
Pakalaki Memories
Moloka'i Nui Ahina
The Return of Harold Wilkenson
Pounders Beach, 1968
The Only Man in the World
Sweet Sixteen
Kirby was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of theHonolulu Weekly Nonfiction Award, the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novelsPUNAHOU BLUES and MOLOKA’I NUI AHINA, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii and lectured with Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic, the 2014 Resident Scholar at the Earthskin Artist Colony in New Zealand, and the 2015 Artist in Residence at the New York Mills Cultural Center in Minnesota. His futuristic thriller, THE END, MY FRIEND, and his second poetry collection, THE WIDOW FROM LAKE BLED, were both released in 2013. He was nominated an unprecedented three times in three different categories at the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. His third poetry collection, NOTES ABOVE WATER, was published in 2014. His Hawaiian memoir is forthcoming in 2016. Kirby's first play was performed at the Secret Theatre's 2016 One Act Festival in New York.  He will be lecturing in Helsinki and Stockholm in the fall of 2016.

Kirby Wright's Sweet Sixteen, first published by, is now the opening chapter of THE QUEEN OF MOLOKAI. This is a work of creative nonfiction based on the life and times of his part-Hawaiian grandmother. It tracks Julia Wright's wild teen years in Roaring Twenties Waikiki and follows her over to Moloka'i, where she pursues love and marriage with a cowboy at Moloka'i Ranch. Wright's work has been compared to Pat Conroy (THE PRINCE OF TIDES) for family struggles and to Frank McCourt (ANGELA'S ASHES) for women overcoming great hardship. His book is available in both hard copy and Kindle format.  
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