Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, [[Hawaii]]. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Kirby has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, the San Diego Book Award, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. BEFORE THE CITY, his first book of poetry, took First Place at the San Diego Book Awards. PUNAHOU BLUES, his coming of age novel set in Honolulu, was a Finalist at the San Diego Book Awards and received Honorable Mention at the Hawaii Book Awards. He was recently interviewed on Fox Morning News, Art Rocks internet radio in San Diego, and he is a permanent fixture on 50th State Radio out of Las Vegas. His forthcoming novel is set on the island of Moloka'i.