Our newest and most recent special issues.

  • Purchase Beyond Green Tea and GrapefruitBeyond Green Tea and Grapefruit
    Gail N. Harada

    In this beautiful and moving collection, Gail Harada deftly traverses the boundaries between poetry, memoir, and fiction, demonstrating a rare versatility of craft. The prose has the lyric sensibility of the born poet and the poems are infused with the storyteller’s magic. While many of the selections are grounded in a sense of place—the well-loved geography of Hawai‘i—it is a dynamic sense of place, shot through with a humor and irony that never gives way to mere nostalgia.
  • Purchase The Nanjing Massacre: PoemsThe Nanjing Massacre: Poems
    Wing Tek Lum

    THE NANJING MASSACRE: POEMS offers us a series of snapshots of human cruelty, courage, and compassion that together compose a frightening yet accurate and unforgettable portrait of a historical nightmare. Like Goya’s prints in DISASTERS OF WAR, or Ian MacMillan’s prose sketches in PROUD MONSTER, Wing Tek Lum’s poems confront readers with fully realized vignettes of brutality, love, and suffering whose effect is cumulative.

    The subject is the notorious Japanese occupation of Nanjing, China, in 1937. The poems capture all perspectives of the tragedy—from the weary, casually cruel Japanese soldiers to the uncomprehending child victims, and from the desperate helpless parents and the brutalized comfort women to the bloodless yet vicious bureaucrats of death.

    “Too often history is written by those who survive, those who won,” Lum writes. Drawing on published histories, memoirs, photographic collections, and oral histories, he composes testimony after testimony for the silenced—poetic memorials that also provide some measure of revenge against the victors. At key moments, he also broadens the frame of reference, linking the crimes in China to the atrocities committed since then at different times, on different continents. Massacres, Lum suggests, bear a family resemblance—the human family.
  • Purchase ‘Ewa Which Way‘Ewa Which Way
    Tyler Miranda

    ‘EWA WHICH WAY is a coming-of-age novel set in the early 1980s, around the time of Hurricane ‘Iwa. The DeSilva family, in economic straits, has suffered the setback of having to move from town to ‘Ewa Beach, and the dissonance between parents impacts the lives of their young sons, Landon and Luke. In addition to humorous moments depicting growing up local, Portuguese, and Catholic, there are serious under-lying themes regarding religion, ethnic tensions, assimilation issues, domestic violence, and the reality that children sometimes need to find their own way in the world at a very young age. With problems in the home and at school, the two brothers are forced to find ways to survive. The economic, ethnic, and family violence issues dominating their lives make for provocative reading relevant to similar contemporary issues of today.

    This publication was made possible with support from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) and the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), through appropriations from the Hawai‘i State Legislature (and by the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA]).


articles by members.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:18 PM
Priory Students 'Write Like Wing Tek Lum'
Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:48 PM
Mililani Hughes on the Volcano Renshi workshop
Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:34 PM
Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Ama'uma'u Renshi
Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:28 PM
Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Olapa Renshi
Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:42 AM
Getting Published: Tips from the Bamboo Ridge editors
Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:58 AM
The Ones That Burn Inside...


upcoming literary events.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:30 PM
Wing Tek Lum and Juliet S. Kono reading in San Francisco
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:00 PM
The Arts in Hawaii with Donna Blanchard
Saturday, May 03, 2014 10:00 AM
Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival
Saturday, May 03, 2014 12:00 PM
Your Story - Bamboo Ridge Flash Fiction Session
Saturday, May 03, 2014 2:00 PM
Elliot Cades Award for Literature Presentation Ceremony
Sunday, May 04, 2014 10:00 AM
Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival


Recent blogs by Bamboo Ridge Press staff and BAMBOORIDGE.COM members. Feel free to post blogs of your own.

Da Conversation: Why do you Write?
At a recent meeting today with Misty Sanico (

Event Recap: The DO's and DO'nuts of Writing
The DO’s and DO’nuts of Writing: RECAP It was standing-room only at the Chinatown Regal Bakery and Café this past October.

Process Revisited, or How the hell did we get here?
I’ve been thinking a lot about process lately, one, because I am working on novel revisions, and two, because as a composition teacher proce


Prose and poetry by members of BAMBOORIDGE.COM. If you have writings of your own to share, head over to Bamboo Shoots and post it.

For My Father
Published by LANNING | Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:53 AM
April entry for the Year of the Horse contest. 248 words.
The Great BR Year of the Horse Writing Contest
Published by BAMBOO BUCKAROO | Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:10 AM
Published by PIIHONUA | Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:02 AM
You can have aaaall da pineapples you like ... A poem inspired by the news Lanai has a new landlord 245 words - My trigger is: they were the wrong size
January Winners in The Great BR Year of the Snake Writing Contest : )
Published by BAMBOO BUCKAROO | Tuesday, February 04, 2014 12:44 AM
On the Day of the Birth
Published by LANNING | Saturday, March 01, 2014 2:00 AM
March entry, Year of the Horse contest. 894 words
The place where your horses run free
Published by CRAYOLAKOALA | Monday, January 27, 2014 9:23 AM
A Chinese New Year Story about a Filipino American family written in haibun. 281 words.
Year of the Horse Writing Contest for April : )
Published by BAMBOO BUCKAROO | Friday, February 28, 2014 4:50 PM
A Gathering of Friends
Published by CHRISKK | Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8:55 PM
He explained that recently two of his best friends had died. He realized that not only had he lost them but he had lost parts of himself, experiences and corresponding memories that could never be shared again. He described the loss of others as pieces of ourselves falling away, never to be retrieved or replaced. As I said, he was eloquent in responding to a pop quiz after much eating and drinking. (774)


Latest media resources that are available on this site for you to browse and enjoy.


podcasts and audios

Eric Chock reads 'My First Walk with Ashley'
Eric Chock reads 'My First Walk with Ashley' from his book, 'Last Days Here.'
Lisa Linn Kanae interview by Noe Tanigawa
Lisa Linn Kanae talks about writing, teaching, and Hawaii literature.
Wing Tek Lum--The Nanjing Massacre in Poetry
The legendary Asian American poet will join us to read from a work that’s been 13 years in the making—-a harrowing and heartbreaking 70-poem series on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.
Book Publishing in Hawaii
Business of the Arts podcast with Bob Sandla, Darrell Lum, and Ron Cox.
The Bodysurfers - Eric Chock
Eric Chock reads THE BODYSURFERS from his book, LAST DAYS HERE.
Urban Gardening - Eric Chock
Eric Chock reads URBAN GARDENING from his book, LAST DAYS HERE.


media and videos

Interview with Wing Tek Lum on his book, 'The Nanjing Massacre Poems'
Hawaii Publishers interviews author Wing Tek Lum about this book, 'The Nanjing Massacre Poems.'
Maemae Students Read Renshi at 2012 Hawaii Book & Music Festival
Maemae Students Read Renshi at 2012 Hawaii Book & Music Festival
Makua by Hamajang
Makua by Hamajang, which incidentally also did the theme for Aloha Shorts.
Hawaiian Pidgin 101
Hawaiian Creole, called Pidgin, is a language with a rich history and structure that is misunderstood by many who not only hear it but speak it as well. Local celebrity Tita explains it all for an audience at a gender illusionist beauty pagent.
No Choice but to Follow poets read the Obama poems
A clip from the Wine & Words reading at Kapiolani Community College on April 28, 2010. The four poets, Jean Toyama, Juliet Kono, Ann Inoshita, and Christy Passion, discuss the November poems about the election.