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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,

Tyranny Lessons selected for 2021 Indie Lit Fair

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has partnered with PEN America to hold Indie Lit Fair, a virtual book and magazine fair, during “Power to the People,” the 2021 PEN World Voices Festival. A week-long series held in New York City each spring, the PEN event is the largest international literary festival in the U.S. and the only one with a human rights focus. The festival was founded by Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the U.S.

A good start to 2021

Spring 2021 has been a productive time for the journal. Our winter 2020 volume, Acting My Age, a book-length meditation on aging and mortality by Thomas Farber, came out. Included in the volume are images by award-winning photographers Wayne Levin and Geoffrey Fricker.


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