Celebrating New Asian American Writing
In this month's readings, the Program in American Studies and Program in Asian American Studies honor Filipino American History Month.
Hagedorn is also the author of Danger and Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of three anthologies: Manila Noir, Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home in the World.
Work for the stage includes adaptations of Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love, collaborations with Fabian Obispo (Felix Starro), Mark Bennett (Most Wanted), Campo Santo (Stairway to Heaven, Fe in the Desert), Han Ong (Airport Music), Robbie McCauley & Laurie Carlos (Teenytown), Urban Bushwomen (Heat), Blondell Cummings (The Art of War/Nine Situations), Lawrence “Butch” Morris (Crayon Bondage), Michael Gregory Jackson (Mango Tango), and Ntozake Shange & Thulani Davis (Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon).
Hagedorn wrote the screenplay for Fresh Kill, a feature film directed by Shu Lea Cheang. She wrote the scripts for the experimental animated series The Pink Palace, which was created for the first season of the Oxygen Network.
From 1975-85, Hagedorn led a band called The Gangster Choir. One of their signature songs, “Tenement Lover,” is part of John Giorno’s 1980s music anthology, A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse.
Honors and prizes include a Theater Commissioning Award from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; a Hewlett Foundation Playwriting Award, a Philippine National Book Award, a Lucille Lortel Playwrights’ Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, a Kesselring Prize honorable mention for Dogeaters, an NEA-TCG Playwriting Residency Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Sundance Playwrights Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
She is presently working on a musical play about the pioneering all-female rock band Fanny.