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English professor receives Fulbright Award to India

S. Shankar, professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received the prestigious Senior Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award (Teaching and Research) for 2017–18. He will soon head to India where he will teach at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in Chennai, India, conduct research, and interact with students and faculty in India for the academic year. The Fulbright-Nehru enables the most outstanding students, academics, and …

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UH Mānoa English graduate named Portz Scholar

Brandy Dobson was chosen to be a 2017 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), and receive the organization’s top prize for undergraduate honors students. Dobson was one of only four scholars selected throughout the country. This is the second consecutive year that an English student from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa earned the prestigious award. Jonathan Omuro was a 2016 Portz Scholar. Both were mentored by …

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National literary award for Mānoa English professor

The prestigious American Book Award has been bestowed on University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Shawna Yang Ryan by the Before Columbus Foundation for her 2016 novel Green Island. Ryan also serves as the director of creative writing in the UH Mānoa Department of English. The American Book Awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. “Writing a novel, you …

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Curve of the Hook awarded for excellence in non-fiction

The Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association (HBPA) has presented its 2017 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awardfor excellence in nonfiction to Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia, the summer 2016 volume of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, published by the University of HawaiʻiPress. HBPA’s jurors considered eighty-five nominations in twelve publishing categories. In a book-length interview, illustrated with maps, charts, and previously unpublished photographs, Curve of the Hook covers the …

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Jamaica Osorio awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio was honored with the 2017 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which will support the final year of her dissertation writing and defense. Osorio, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa PhD candidate in English, is 1 of only 38 individuals to receive the fellowship among the national competitors. Osorio’s dissertation is titled Aikāne, A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer …

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Henry Wei Leung wins Omnidawn Award in poetry

Henry Wei Leung, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa English PhD candidate, was honored with the 2016 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize for the manuscript Goddess of Democracy. The book will be available from Omnidawn Publishing in October 2017. Leung draws his passion for writing from a natural hunger to create and to express—not from the confines of academics, though he …

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Reweaving of Pele and Hiʻiaka literature honored by MLA

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in English, was awarded Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages for her first book, Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hiʻiaka (University of Minnesota Press). hoʻomanawanui is also a contributor to the top …

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Craig Santos Perez honored for literary merit

Craig Santos Perez, an associate professor in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of English, has been awarded the 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry in recognition of his distinctive literary merit and potential for continued outstanding work. This is his second distinguished honor in a short period of time; Perez also received a 2015 American Book Award for from unincorporated territory [guma’]. The Lannan …

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The evolution of the Honolulu Marathon and the State of Hawaiʻi

Kapiʻolani Community College Instructor, UH Manoa Department of English alumnus and Star Advertiser writer Michael Tsai published The People’s Race Inc.: Behind the Scenes at the Honolulu Marathon. Published by UH Press, The People’s Race Inc. captures the personalities, politics and power plays behind the burgeoning growth of the Honolulu Marathon and provides a unique lens for understanding the complex …

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Honors English graduate recognized by National Collegiate Honors Council

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa honors graduate Jonathan Omuro has been named a 2016 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). Omuro, who graduated with a BA in English in fall 2015 and was advised by Associate Professor Cynthia Franklin, wrote his honors thesis on “Queering the Gay/Christian Intersection: An Exploration of Celibacy, Ex-gay, and the Christian Closet in …

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