T Kira Māhealani Madden

Assistant Professor

Address: 22A Glebe Street, 105
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00AM-3:00 PM
E-mail: maddentm1@cofc.edu

T Kira Māhealani Madden is a Chinese, Kānaka Maoli writer, photographer, and magician. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Tin House, MacDowell, and Yaddo—where she was awarded the Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award—she serves as the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art. She is the author of the 2019 New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, which is now being developed as a feature film. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award John Leonard Prize, and the LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, she has facilitated writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals, and will join the Department of English at College of Charleston in Fall 2021.


M.F.A., Fiction, Sarah Lawrence College

B.B.A., Design and Literature, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Research Interests

- Fiction Writing

- Creative Nonfiction Writing

- Surrealism and Speculative Nonfiction

- Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature

- Queer Literature

- Editing and Publishing

- Screenwriting and Adaptation


Select Publications


Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: a memoir. Bloomsbury, March 2019


Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us. Algonquin, 2022

PEN America Handbook for Writers in Prison. Haymarket Books, January 2022

Horse Girls. Harper Perennial, August 2021

Go Home! Feminist Press and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, March 2018


“Against Catharsis,” Lit Hub, 2019

“Viewfinder” Harper’s, Stonewall Forum, 2019

“The Greeter,” The Sun, 2019

“No Rest for the Wicked Witch of the West,” NYLON, 2019

“Grub Street Diet,” New York Magazine, 2019

“Why You Like It,” Buzzfeed, 2019

“Before He Died, My Father Took Me to the Olympics,” PEN America, 2018

“It Should Have Been Lovely,” PEN America, 2018

“Cousin Cindy,” Black Warrior Review, 2017

“How to Honor the Dead,” Alma, 2017

“The Feels of Love,Guernica, 2016, Notable, Best American Essays


“Judy in Her Good Robe.” Virginia Quarterly Review, 2021

“Rapunzel,” Fairy Tale Review, 2021

“Mr. Burley,” The Rumpus, 2020

“Take the Shoes, Take the Girl,” Vice/Garage Magazine, 2019

“A Brief History of Grocery Stores,” McSweeney’s, Issue 55, 2019

“The Pamphlet,” Medium, Nightmare Fuel Special Issue, 2018

“We Are Other People Tonight,” Midnight Breakfast, 2016

“Later,” Tin House Online, 2014

“Souvenirs,” The Kenyon Review, 2014

“Missouri Theme Park,” The Austin Review, 2013

“The Parts of Whom You Shouldn’t Know,” Puerto del Sol, 2013

“Deliveries,” Hyphen, 2013

“Laurence,” Fourteen Hills, 2012

“And Then We Were Happy,” The Collagist, 2012


Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls. A feature film, adapted from Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: a memoir, produced by Bow & Arrow & Our Lady Productions, Los Angeles, CA 


“Viewfinder” Harper’s, Stonewall Forum, 2019