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Renowned writers for MFA at HKU have included:

Henri Cole

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan and raised in Virginia.  “I grew up in a household where another language besides English was spoken, so I grew up kind of fascinated with languages.” He received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and his M.F.A. from Columbia University. Cole's awards and honors include the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

His volumes of poetry include: Blackbird and Wolf (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007), the 2008 recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Middle Earth (2003), which received the 2004 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; The Visible Man (1998); The Look of Things (1995); The Zoo Wheel of Knowledge (1989); and The Marble Queen (1986). His most recent book, Touch, received the Jackson Poetry Prize.

Rita Dove

Dennis Haskell

Dennis Haskell is the author of 6 collections of poetry, the most recent Acts of Defiance: New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, Cambridge, UK) in December 2010, and 13 volumes of literary scholarship and criticism. His All the Time in the World won the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry in 2007. Haskell was Co-editor of Westerly, from 1985-2009 and is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow and Director of the Westerly Centre at The University of Western Australia. He was Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts from 2009-2011 and UWA awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2012.

Alan Hollinghurst

Gish Jen

Gish Jen received a B.A. in English from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.  Her first two novels Typical American (1991) and Mona in the Promised Land (1996), were both named Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. Typical American was a Finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and Mona in the Promised Land was named one of the ten best books of 1996 by The Los Angeles Times.  Her collection of stories Who's Irish? was also named Notable Book of 1999.  In 1999, Jen won the prestigious Lannan Literary Award for fiction. She was honored in 2003 by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with the prestigious five-year Strauss Living award, providing writers the freedom to devote their time and energy to writing. Her recent novel Love Wife was published by Knopf in 2004.

Gish Jen has published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, among other periodicals, as well as in numerous textbooks and anthologies.  Her work was included in The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fulbright commission. She has twice held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and she has taught as a guest lecturer at Harvard University.

Ellen Kaplan

Ellen Kaplan is Professor of Acting and Directing at Smith College and currently Chair of the Theatre Department. She teaches Acting, Directing, Radio Drama, and Performance seminars.

Ellen has twice been a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Artist-in-Residence in Hong Kong, and Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica. 

Her acting includes Inhabited 98, which won a prestigious BESSIE Award, and playing Gloucester in King Lear with Kristen Linklater. She has directed, among many plays, After Mrs. Rochester by Polly Teale, and Saul Bellow: Stories on Stage, at The Egg in Albany, NY. Her work is soon to be published in Our Lives: An Anthology of Jewish Womens Writing and in The Deronda Review. She is co-editor of Images of Mental Illness through Text and Performance and author of several articles on international theatre, including an essay in Spanish on the work of playwright Nora Glickman, published in Buenos Aires in 2006.

Ellen is also a playwright.  Her award-winning play, Pulling Apart, was a 2004 finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Other plays have been performed at Theatre Matrix/Los Angeles, the Cleveland Public Theatre, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, in Northampton, MA, and, internationally, in Galway, Ireland, the Jewish State Theatre of Bucharest, and in Jerusalem.

Ellen has produced two video documentaries, and she is active in theatre outreach activities. 

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Sir Andrew Motion

Hsu-Ming Teo

We have welcomed at HKU, among many speakers for our Writers’ Series, the following artists, writers, choreographers, producers, and directors:

Keon Woong Lee

Bey Logan

Marina Pang

Stephen McCarty

Evelin Moreira

The Brazilian choreographer and dancer Evelin Moreira had an early start in dance at the age of four in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, when she started taking Ballet and Modern Dance lessons. In 2002 Evelin was invited to join the Gisela Rocha Cia in Switzerland to collaborate and dance in the theater dance piece Go Behind in co-production with the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, in Zurich (2002/03).

Since she moved to Zurich she participated in many workshops given by several and respected artists and choreographers, as Meg Stuart, David Zambrano and Simone Aughterlony. Also she performed in the Stromereien 03 a production by Tanzhaus-Wasserwerk in Zurich (2003). Selected as a choreographer for the “Ateliê de Coreografos Brasileiros” (Brazil/2003) she created the piece DIGITALVIDEODANÇA presented in the Theatre Castro Alves, in Salvador, Bahia.

Eddie Tay



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