Alok Bhalla honored for achievements in literature

It’s our great pleasure to share that MĀNOA corresponding editor Alok Bhalla is the recipient of the 2023 SAARC Literature Award, given by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature.

Cambodian Poetry, Prose, and Translation Today

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) held its 2023 conference and bookfair at the Seattle Convention Center from March 9 to 11.


Parting words from Frank Stewart, head of Mānoa, from the editor’s note for In the Silence, the winter 2022 volume. Pictured is Stewart with Quinn White, the journal’s summer 2022 intern from Bennington College.

Associate editor Noah Perales-Estoesta

A staff person who started as a student intern and rose through the ranks to become our associate editor is Noah Perales-Estoesta.

Aloha from Pat Matsueda

After this post appeared, an interview with Pat was published in The Hawaii Review of Books. Please read “Confessions of a Literary Journal Editor” to learn about her duties for MĀNOA.

Dear friends,

Reading of Out of the Shadows of Angkor

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs has accepted our proposal of an event related to Out of the Shadows of Angkor: Cambodian Poetry, Prose, and Performance through the Ages, our winter 2021–summer 2022 volume.

Chan Li Shan and Quinn White

This summer we are benefitting from the work of students Chan Li Shan, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Quinn White, a sophomore at Bennington College in Vermont. We are grateful not only for their diligence and hard work but also for the light and warmth they bring to our corner of Kuykendall Hall.

Frank Stewart

Editor Frank Stewart, who proposed the creation of MĀNOA with fellow professor Robert Shapard in 1987, is an award-winning writer who recently published a new volume of poetry, Still at Large.

Chen Zeping

One of MĀNOA’s most respected translators, Chen Zeping passed away from a heart attack in March.

A letter from Thomas Farber

Dear friends,


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