Darien Gee

Hawaii, United States

Member Since: 09/01/2017

Darien Hsu Gee in an award-winning, multi-genre author who lives and writes from the island of Hawai'i. She is second-generation Chinese American. Her books are available in twelve countries and in multiple formats including hardcover, trade, audio, large print, and book club editions.

Her work has been anthologized and published in journals including Tampa Review, River Styx, CALYX, The Common, Tupelo Quarterly, and Poetry Northwest. Tupelo Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Kristina Marie Darling says, “Darien Hsu Gee is like no other writer working today.” In October 2023, Darien served as the Mark Twain Distinguished Writer-in-Residence for the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut.

Darien teaches at Hugo House, UCLA Extension, and writer-ish.com.

Website: dariengee.com


  • Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World , Woodhall Press (2022)
  • Other Small Histories , Poetry Society of America (2020)
  • Allegiance , Hali'a Aloha (2020)
  • Writing the Hawai'i Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story , Watermark Publishing (2014)
  • The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society: A Novel , Ballantine Books (2013)
  • Friendship Bread: A Novel , Ballantine Books (2011)
  • Table Manners: A Novel , written as Mia King, Berkley Books (2009)
  • Sweet Life: A Novel , written as Mia King, Berkley Books (2008)
  • Good Things: A Novel , written as Mia King, Berkley Books (2007)


  • Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) - Silver, Multicultural Nonfiction (2023)
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) - Bronze, Essays (2021)
  • Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship Award (2019)
  • Hawai'i Book Publishers Ka Palapala Po'okela Award of Excellence (2015)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University (2019)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rice University (1992)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry