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Lecturers for the MFA are published and award-winning writers from Hong Kong and overseas:



Dr. Page Richards, Director 

Page Richards is an Associate Professor in the School of English at the University of Hong Kong. Educated at Harvard University and holding a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Boston University, she has also studied at the Playwrights' Theatre in Boston and has contributed to theatre and film production in Hollywood. Richards received a national Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities in the U.S., Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts at HKU, a Vermont Studio Writer’s Fellowship for Poetry and Translation, among many other awards. She currently directs the MFA in Creative Writing, the HKU International Poetry Prize, the Writers’ Series, Moving Poetry, production of Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing, and the new HKU Black Box Theatre.





Kimberly Elkins

Kimberly Elkins' fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, The Iowa Review, The Chicago Tribune, Best New American Voices, Slice and Glamour, among others. She was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in fiction, and fellowships include Harvard, Radcliffe and the Kerouac Project for her novel, What Is Visible, published by Twelve/Grand Central in June 2014.



Dino Mahoney

Dino Mahoney moves between his base in London and his former home in Hong Kong. He is an award-winning playwright who has written plays for the stage (performed in London and Hong Kong) and for radio (The BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and RTHK Radio 4). He is well known in Hong Kong as the writer and presenter of "Songbirds”, which is a weekly soap drama set in Hong Kong. He was also a drama critic and an arts journalist for The South China Morning Post. His current interest is in writing stage plays, with two plays currently in development. He is also the Creative Director of Drunken Sailor Films, writing scripts and directing short films. Dino is also actively creating and performing in poetry and music events. A recent project, released in Spring 2014, involved creating a music video for HONG KONG BAR HOP, a poem set in Hong Kong rapped to dance music.




Shane Sakhrani

Shane is a playwright born in Hong Kong. He considers himself a global Indian and believes his plays provide him with an avenue to reconcile his love for both Broadway comedies of the 30s and 40s and Bollywood films. His romantic comedy, "A Widow of No Importance", was produced by East West Players in Los Angeles to positive reviews (LA Times Critic's Pick, LA Weekly 'Go', Backstage Critic's Pick). His family comedy, "The Doctor is Indian", had a sold out run in Singapore and was a finalist for the 2011 Kendeda award given by the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. His other plays include "Hero Hindustani" and "This Charming Man". Shane has written a screenplay for Laximi Films and had productions in Houston and Chicago in 2014 and 2015. He has written a series of short films set within the Indian communities of East Asia and produced "Postcards from Hong Kong", a ten-minute play festival of world premiere plays by HKU alumni at the Fringe Club in Hong Kong. Shane holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing (Playwriting and Screenwriting) from the University of Southern California.




Brittani Sonnenberg

Brittani Sonnenberg was raised across three continents and has worked as a journalist in Germany, China, and throughout Southeast Asia. A graduate of Harvard, she received her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. Her fiction has been published in The O'Henry Prize Stories 2008 and shortlisted in the Best American Short Stories 2004. In addition, her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Short Fiction, X-Connect, and the Minnesota Monthly. Her nonfiction has appeared in Time, the Associated Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and National Public Radio. Her first novel, Home Leave, was published from Grand Central in Summer 2014. In addition to HKU, Sonnenberg has taught creative writing at the University of Michigan and Carleton College.



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Michelle Sterling

Michelle Sterling received an MFA from Boston University. Her essays and fiction have appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Baffler, Bellevue Literary Review, Maisonneuve, LEMON, Matrix, among other publications, and her writing has been translated into German and Polish. She has been a writing resident and fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Norman Mailer Colony, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.





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