Will Gutzman

Will ID PhotoWill Gutzman has a deep and lifelong connection to Hawaiʻi.  He lives in Pasadena, California, but his mom’s side of the family is from Hawaiʻi, so he has lots of relatives here.

Will is currently a high school senior and loves writing–so much so that three summers ago he spent several weeks working with a Stegner Fellow (Kimberly Grey) at Stanford University.  He had such a wonderful time working with a mentor like that that the next summer he attended the University of Iowa’s Young Writers’ Studio.  He has also worked closely with two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Mark Salzman.  In his spare time, Will likes playing soccer, the viola, and doing improv comedy–but not simultaneously.

About his story, Once and Future, Will writes:

In this piece, I want to leave the reader with lots of unsettling questions and no clear answer.  I added a decent amount of references and symbolism, some of which a reader will catch, some of which may go unnoticed. But that’s o.k. Writers like to leave things hidden—things that can be found later on. Or not.

Pūpū A ʻO ʻEwa is delighted to share this young writerʻs work.

Credits: bio photo provided by Will Gutzman, post feature image from The Maui News August 23, 1918 (Library of Congress)

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