Henry Wei Leung

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Zhongshan, China
CitizenshipUnited States
  • BA in English
  • MFA in fiction
Alma mater
  • Stanford University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of California
  • Poet
  • Kundiman Fellow
Known forCoverage of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement in 2014

Henry Wei Leung is an Asian American poet, and a Kundiman Fellow.[1]

Early Life and Career

Leung was born in mainland China, in the city of Zhongshan, and raised in Honolulu, HI.[2] Leung is best known for his coverage of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement in 2014. Through his literary documentation,[3] literary news outlets, and Asian American media platforms,[4] Leung brought his perspective on Hong Kong's political resistance into the wider conversation within the poetry community regarding intersection of arts, activism, and politics.

Personal Life

Leung received his BA in English from Stanford University and his MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan.[5] After becoming a Fulbright scholar in 2014,[6] he pursued a PhD in English at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.[7] Leung then dropped out of his PhD program[8] and enrolled in law school at University of California, Berkeley.[9]


  • Goddess of Democracy, Omnidawn,[10] 2017, ISBN 978-1-63243-040-3
  • Wawa’s Pei Pei the Monkey King, Tinfish,[11] 2016, ISBN 978-0-9891861-9-3
  • Paradise Hunger, Swan Scythe Press[12] Chapbook Award, 2012, ISBN 978-1-930454-38-5


  1. "Fellows". Kundiman. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  2. "Henry Wei Leung". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  3. "Henry Wei Leung". Drunken Boat. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  4. "Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement: Four Poems". Asian American Writers' Workshop. 2014-11-21. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  5. "Goddess of Democracy". www.omnidawn.com. Retrieved 2020-05-19. {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  6. "Voices of Bettering American Poetry Volume 2 — Henry Wei Leung – VIDA: Women in Literary Arts". Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  7. News, U. H. "Henry Wei Leung wins Omnidawn Award in poetry | University of Hawaiʻi System News". Retrieved 2020-05-19. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  8. "Henry Wei Leung". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  9. Brice, Anne; January 29, Berkeley News|; 2019April 1; 2019 (2019-01-29). "I'm a Berkeleyan: Berkeley Law student Henry Wei Leung on language as power". Berkeley News. Retrieved 2020-05-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. https://www.omnidawn.com/
  11. https://tinfishpress.com
  12. http://www.swanscythepress.com/

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