College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Alex Kuo
Professor and Writer in Residence

Alex Kuo


Alex Kuo is Writer-in-Residence and a professor in English. He teaches creative writing (fiction, poetry, non-fiction), Native American literature and western American culture.


His publications include more than 350 poems, stories, essays and photographs in magazines, newspapers and anthologies, and the books The Window Tree (poems) in 1974, New Letters from Hiroshima (poems) in 1974, Changing the River (poems) in 1986, Chinese Opera (novel) in 1998, This Fierce Geography (poems) in 1998, Lipstick and Other Stories (short stories) in 2001, Panda Diaries (novel) in 2006. Lipstick and Other Stories was awarded the American Book Award for Fiction in 2002.

Three new books: White Jade and Other Stories; A Chinaman's Chance: New and Selected Poems, 1960-2010; and The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze, (novel).


Distinguished Writer-in-Residence appointments at Fudan University,
Beijing Forestry University, Knox College, Mercy Corps.

Three National Endowment for the Arts awards; grants from the United
Nations, Idaho, Washington; Lingnan Foundation American Studies
Professorship; Senior Fulbright; Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio residency.

Consultant to National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts
Commission, Idaho Commission on the Arts, Whiting Foundation, Native
American Rights Fund, Philbrook Art Museum, Newport's Martin Luther King
Center, Artist Trust, Western Interstate Arts Commission.










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