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Jessica Hagedorn

Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing

American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA


Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World. Her plays include Most Wanted, The Heaven Trilogy, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters. She is the University Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. Her new novel, Toxicology, will be published by Viking Penguin in 2011.


Creative Writing: fiction, playwriting, poetry


  • Author, Toxicology (Viking, hardcover; Penguin, paperback)
  • Author, Dream Jungle (Viking, hardcover; Penguin, paperback)
  • Author, The Gangster Of Love (Houghton Mifflin, hardcover; Penguin, paperback)
  • Author, Dogeaters (Pantheon, hardcover; Penguin, paperback)
  • Author, Danger And Beauty poetry and prose (City Lights Books)
  • Author, Dogeaters: The Play (Theater Communications Group Press)
  • Author, Burning Heart: A Portrait Of The Philippines poetry (Rizzoli International)
  • Author, Los Gabrieles / Carnal stories (Coffee House Books)
  • Editor, Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology Of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (Penguin)
  • Editor, Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World (Penguin)


  • 2007 Most Wanted, La Jolla Playhouse La Jolla, CA Director: Michael Greif
  • 2007 Fe In The Desert, Campo Santo San Francisco Dir: Danny Scheie
  • 2007 Dogeaters, Kirk Douglas Theater Culver City Dir: Jon Lawrence Rivera
  • 2005 Stairway To Heaven, Campo Santo San Francisco Dir: Nancy Benjamin
  • 2004 Dogeaters, SIPA Performance Space Los Angeles Dir: Jon Lawrence Rivera
  • 2001 Dogeaters, Joseph Papp Public Theater NYC Dir: Michael Greif
  • 1998 Dogeaters, La Jolla Playhouse La Jolla Dir: Michael Greif
  • 1994 Airport Music Joseph Papp Public Theater NYC Dir: Laurie Carlos
  • 1994 Airport Music, Berkeley Repertory Theater Berkeley, CA Dir: Han Ong


  • Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights’ Fellowship
  • Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship
  • Sundance Theater Lab Residency
  • UCross/Sundance Playwrights Residency
  • Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab Residency
  • Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Creative Writing Fellowship
  • National Book Award Fiction Finalist for Dogeaters
  • National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
  • NEA-TCG Playwrights’ Residency Fellowship


Screenplays & video (selected)

  • Author, Fresh Kill (1992 ) dir. Shu Lea Chang
  • Author, Words in Your Face (1991) Alive from Off Center, PBS, dir. Mark Pellington

Professional Affiliations

  • Vice-President, PEN
  • Board member, National Book Foundation