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Kirby Wright

Agent: Geraldine Nichol
532 Elepaio Street
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Email: kibs33@yahoo.com

Home page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVIQoTMO1E

Kirby Wright 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 two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry
Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for
Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and
The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first book of poetry, took First Place at the
2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels
PUNAHOU 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 in China with poet
Gary Snyder. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha�s Vineyard
Writers Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at
Milkwood International, Czech Republic. Episodes of his first futuristic novel,
PRELUDE TO THE APOCALYPSE, are available electronically on Amazon and
Barnes & Noble.

PUNAHOU BLUES received the following reviews in 2005:

"The best novel of Hawai'i I've read...ever."
�Joseph Bean, MAUI WEEKLY

"A flashback of the highest order."

"Wright's believable and smooth-reading story touches on
the complexities of multicultural Hawai'i."

His new novel is MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA and it is a
companion novel to PUNAHOU BLUES. It is based on the
life and times of Wright's grandmother, the first woman
paniolo (cowboy) on the island of Moloka'i. The Honolulu
Star-Bulletin calls it "a first rate novel" and "one of the
best works of fiction to come out of Hawaii in many a

Fox Morning News Interview: PUNAHOU BLUES (2006)

Fox Morning News Interview: MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA (2008)

Interests: Travel, surfing, astronomy, boxing, gourmet cooking, raising turtles.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Hawai'i Review
  • SQUARE DANCING AT THE ASYLUM: Nouveau Noir Flash Fiction
  • THE END, MY FRIEND: Prelude to the Apocalypse
  • MOLOKA'I NUI AHINA, Summers on the Lonely Isle
  • The British War Medal
  • The British War Medal
  • The Night of Puanani
  • Hayden's Ferry Review
  • Sentence No. 4
  • PUNAHOU BLUES: a Hawaiian Novel
  • Slipstream, No. 20
  • Chaminade Literary Review, Volumes 22 & 23
  • The West Wind Review, 18th Anthology
  • Blue Mesa Review, No. 6
  • Maryland Review
  • Hawai'i Review 54
  • Red Rock Review
  • The West Wind Review, 13th Edition
  • The West Wind Review, 17th Edition
  • Urbanus RaiZirr no. 5
  • Slant, a Journal of Poetry, Vol. IX
  • The Cape Rock
  • Artful Dodge 24/25
  • Slipstream 20
  • Writers' Forum
  • Blue Mesa Review, No. 3
  • The Prose Poem, an International Journal
  • Blue Mesa Review, No. 5
  • Chaminade Literary Review
  • Slipstream 15
  • Poetry

  • Black Bear Review
  • Life Extension
  • Red Rock Review, Vol. 1, Issue 7
  • Cold Mountain Review
  • Trestle Creek Review