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Juliet Lee


Picture of Juliet LeeJuliet S. Kono has written two books of poems, Hilo Rains (1988) and Tsunami Years (1995), and a short story collection, Ho’olulu Park and the Pepsodent Smile (2004),all of which were published by Bamboo Ridge Press. Her most recent book is a children’s story called, The Bravest Opihi, which was published by Beachhouse Publishing. She has also been featured in several anthologies, most recently in We Go Eat: A Mixed Plate From Hawai’i’s Food Culture and Imagine What It’s Like, an anthology, which combines literature and medicine. Forthcoming will be: No Choice But to Follow, a book of linked poems with Juliet and three other poets, and Anshuu, a historical novel. Both will be published in the Spring of 2010. 
Over the years, she has won several awards: the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, the American Japanese National Literary Award, the Ka Palapala Po’okela Award for Excellence in Literature, and was a recipient of a US/Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship in 1999. In 2006, she won the Hawai’i Award for Literature. Born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, she now lives in Honolulu with her husband.