Anna Maria Hong

Assistant Professor of English

Anna Maria Hong is the author of three recent books: Age of Glass (Cleveland State), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Fablesque (Tupelo Press), winner of the Berkshire Prize. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American (William Morrow/Avon Books), an anthology of fiction and memoir, and the author of a nonfiction book for teenagers titled Family Abuse: A National Epidemic (Enslow). She has published poetry, fiction, and essays in many publications including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, 250 Poems, Best New Poets, and The Best American Poetry.

Hong’s teaching and research interests include fiction writing, poetry writing, hybrid-genre and collaborative works, contemporary literature by Asian American Pacific Islander and other BIPOC authors, feminist fabulist fiction, and poetic and literary form. Her awards include a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Poetry magazine’s Frederick Bock Prize, and residencies from Yaddo, Djerassi, Fundación Valparaiso, and Kunstnarhuset Messen.

Hong has collaborated with numerous visual artists and composers and is currently working with the composer Allen Shawn, the theater director Jean Randich, and the filmmaker Sue Rees to adapt Fablesque and H & G to a multimedia theater piece titled H & G, a great and terrible story, which will premiere at Bennington College’s Lester Martin Theater in May 2022. She has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Bennington College, Ursinus College, and the University of Washington Bothell

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Recent Grants

Fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation for "Korean American Feminist Writing, Animal Tales, and Family History".

Recent Publications

Hong, A. M. (2022). Dream Song 7,000/G. Fairy Tale Review, 18 (The Lilac Issue), 36.

Hong, A. M. (2022). Dream Song 995/G. Fairy Tale Review, 18 (The Lilac Issue), 35.

Hong, A. M. (2022). Dream Song 596/H. Fairy Tale Review, 18 (The Lilac Issue), 34.

Hong, A. M. (2022). Vladivostok & Conscience. Michigan Quarterly Review, 61 (1), 49.

Hong, A. M. (2022). Let Go the Ends. Michigan Quarterly Review, 61 (1), 48.

Recent Awards

“Dispellations: Reverb” was nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Prize.

Won the Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize for her second poetry collection, Fablesque.

Recent Honors

Music theater work, H & G, a great and terrible story, adapted from her novella, H & G, premiered at Bennington College’s Lester Martin Theater on April 22–24, 2022. Hong co-wrote the libretto with director Jean Randich with music composed by Allen Shawn.

Interview with Sarah Audsley, “Of Beasts & Feminism: An Interview//Review of FABLESQUE by Anna Maria Hong,” was published at Green Mountains Review online on January 28, 2022. 

Poetry collection, Fablesque, was reviewed by Betsy Aoki in The International Examiner on April 12, 2022.

Read at the Poetry/Cabaret with Thomas March, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, and others in New York City on December 11, 2021.

Gave a craft talk and reading as the International Women’s Day Featured Reader at the West Chester University Poetry Center on March 8, 2022. Hong chaired and presented on a panel titled “Feminist, Hybrid, and Collaborative: A Reading and Conversation” at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Baltimore, MD on March 11, 2022.