Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston is Emerita Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley.   For her memoirs, fiction, and poetry, The Fifth Book of Peace, The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, and Hawai’i One Summer, she has earned numerous awards, among them the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.   She was awarded  the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton, and the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.   She is a  “Living Treasure of Hawai’i.”