Maxine Hong Kingston
American memoirist and novelist. Born in Stockton, California, to a Chinese immigrant family, Kingston grew up in a culture in which English was a second language; friends and relatives regularly gathered at her family's laundry to tell stories in Chinese and reminisce about their native country. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Kingston taught school in California and Hawaii and began publishing poetry, stories, and articles in magazines such as the
New Yorker, New West, Ms., and the New York Times Magazine. Her best-known works, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1973) and the National Book Award winning China Men (1980), combine memoir, family legends, and fiction. She has also published three novels, including Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1989), and a volume of poems, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life (2011). Kingston is a professor emerita of English, at the University of California, at Berkeley. See also poetryfoundation.org/bio/maxine-hong-kingston.