Kirby Wright, a Hawaiian Writer, Muriwai's Resident Scholar
Hawaiian writer KIRBY WRIGHT will be the November 2014 Earthskin Resident Scholar at the Muriwai Creative Retreat.
During his visit, Wright will be working on a play set in 18th Century Hawaii during the arrival of Captain James Cook. While in New Zealand, he plans to visit Poverty Bay and write poetry about Cook's arrival. He also intends to discover what effect Cook had on the the Maori people.
Please contact Wright's publisher at email@example.com to find out where and when he will be lecturing on North Island. All lectures will be FREE and Open to the Public.
*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 five Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Honolulu 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 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.
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, and the November 2014 Resident Scholar at Earthskin, New Zealand.
His futuristic thriller THE END, MY FRIEND, and his second poetry collection THE WIDOW FROM LAKE BLED, were both released in 2013. His Hawaiian memoir is forthcoming in 2015.