Phyllis Hoge is a retired Professor of English at the University of Hawaii. She was awarded the Hawai'i Award for Literature from the Hawai'i Literary Arts Council. Hoge's poetry has been widely published in periodicals, including Hudson Review, New Yorker, Prairie Schooner. She is the author of eight previous poetry collections.
Kingston has written three novels and several works of non-fiction about the experiences of Chinese immigrants living in the United States. She has received several awards including the National Book Award in 1981 for her novel China Men. and the Nationlal Humanitarian Award, awarded by President Bill Clinton in 1997. While not well known for her art work, she now spends more time drawing than writing and enjoys the change of pace.