Leo Hwang

Dean of Humanities, Greenfield Community College
Montague, MA, United States

About Leo


Leo Hwang received his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His work has appeared in Meat for Tea, The Massachusetts Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Rivendell, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Fiction, Three Candles, Gulf Coast, The Vermont Literary Review, and The Dickinson Review. He was the recipient of the Rosselli/de Filippis Scholarship at the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Mr. Hwang received his B.A. in English and Fine Arts from the University of the South, and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Hwang is the Dean of Humanities at Greenfield Community College and serves as coordinating dean for the Fostering Art and Culture Project. Currently, Mr. Hwang is pursuing a doctorate in geography at the University of Massachusetts and plays guitar in two bands, The Warblers and Something Else.

Areas of Expertise

Creative Economy, Economic geography, Community Economies, Humanities , Community Colleges, English, Creative Writing, luthiery

An idea worth spreading

The challenge with a traditional wage paying job is that one has to balance the time it takes to generate enough income to pay for these basic needs with the time necessary for creative expression. What appears to be different from the general population (we don’t have a control group yet), or at least evident within our pool of interviewees, is that creative expression is prioritized as importantly (and in some cases more importantly) as the other categories of housing, food, family, and health. Whereas some people might find that creative expression is something that can be sacrificed and reduced so that more of their time can be spent on a traditional wage earning job, artists and artisans try to hold certain aspects of creative expression and the time needed to engage in that process as sacred.

I'm passionate about

Community Economies, non-capitalist exchange, collaboration, asset based community development, cooperatives, creativity

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Viewing the world with possibility.

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