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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Jessica Hagedorn is the 16th Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (2000)


 Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines. In her late teens she moved to the United States to study in the American Conservatory Theater Program in San Francisco. After many years in the Bay Area, Hagedorn followed her heart to New York where, in the late ‘70s, she collaborated with fellow writers on Where The Mississippi Meets the Amazon. That same year, Hagedorn created a piece for the Public Theater: the Mango Tango, which was a solo piece performed to live music.

Along with various novels and collections of poetry, Hagedorn has created multiple plays and multimedia theater pieces such as Airport Music and the theater adaptation of Dogeaters. Her work can also be seen in the screenplay for Fresh Kill as well as in the documentary Excuse Me...Are you Filipino? One of Hagedorn’s most recent accomplishments, her short animated film “The Pink Palace,” received national exposure when it was aired on Oxygen Television in 2000.

Her visceral poetry and prose, impressionistic techniques, and effective treatment of subject matter including drug addiction and prostitution, has brought her various forms of recognition. Her books have been nominated for National Book Awards as well as International Fiction prizes. She has been awarded a 1994 Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, a 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a 1997 Sundance Theater Lab Fellowship, and a 1998 NEA-TCG Theater Residency Fellowship.

Hagedorn currently resides in New York where she is working on another novel and occasionally teaching classes at both Columbia and New York University.

by Blair Kezele '12


Toxicology (2011)

Burning Heart: A Portrait of the Philippines (1999)

The Gangster of Love (1996)

Danger and Beauty (1993)

Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (1993)

Two Stories (1992)

Between Worlds: Contemporary Asian-American Plays (1989)

Dogeaters (1989)

Pet Food and Tropical Apparitions (1981)

Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon (1977)

Dangerous Music (1975)

Four Young Women: Poems (1973)

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