Anna Maria Hong
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Anna Maria Hong writes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and texts for collaborative works. Since 2005, she has been writing a series of sonnets in traditional English and Italian forms as well as more experimental hybrids and departures. Hong is interested in how rigorous form shapes expression and how language pushes back against constraints to create strange, unexpected content. To date, she has written about 60 sonnets, comprising the first of two collections, “The Red Box.”
At Radcliffe, Hong will be working on her second volume of sonnets. “The Glass Age” is informed by two primary images: the hourglass and the glass ceiling/coffin. The first entails notions of linear and cyclical time, while the second concerns the sensing and shattering of invisible, but oddly durable, barriers. A third strand in the collection responds to glass artworks by artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Niki de Saint Phalle.
Hong has published her work in the American Book Review, CUE, Exquisite Corpse, Fairy Tale Review, Gargoyle Magazine, the International Examiner, jubilat, New Orleans Review, Poets & Writers, POOL, Quarterly West, the Stranger, and other publications. She is the editor of Growing Up Asian American: An Anthology (William Morrow, 1993) and the recipient of residencies from Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Yaddo. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and a BA in philosophy from Yale University. She has taught creative writing at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and at the University of Washington Bothell.
Breaking the Sonnet Barrier (Harvard Gazette, 4/29/11)