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Kawai Strong Washburn

Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of Hawai'i. He has worked in software and as a climate policy advocate. His short fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Electric Literature and Best American Non-required Reading, among others.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   9 Stories About Competition (2018) (with others)
Kawai Strong Washburn recommends
Hula (2023)
Jasmin 'Iolani Hakes
"A full-throated chant for Hawai'i. Part coming-of-age story, part historical family epic, all love. The pages fly by amidst fluid, furious language and captivating drama. This book breathes new life into island narratives...it's impossible to come away unchanged."
Welcome Me to the Kingdom (2023)
Mai Nardone
"A kaleidoscopic vision of Thailand as deep as it is broad. Muay Thai fighters, sex workers, family kitchens, territorial volunteer medics: If no one is saved, no one is exactly lost, either. In the precisely detailed lives of his characters, Nardone unearths real truths, both painful and uplifting, and with his singular prose leaves us wanting more."
Homestead (2023)
Melinda Moustakis
"I loved this book. The marriage is feral, the child-rearing frost-bitten, the betrayals and redemptions jagged as mountain peaks. In blazing, poetic prose, Moustakis brings 1950s Alaska roaring to life."

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Anthologies containing stories by Kawai Strong Washburn
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 (2015)
(Best American Nonrequired Reading)
edited by
Adam Johnson

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