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Bamboo Ridge Press gets nod in Honolulu Magzine's Fifty Turning Points Since Statehood
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:55:45 PM


Priory Students 'Write Like Wing Tek Lum'
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:18:45 PM

By Joan Perkins “Did Japan really invade China?” My American Literature sections were reading Amy Tan’s [i]Joy Luck Club[/i], and the student who asked this question had been deeply affected by ...

Flash Poetry/Prose Challenge Winners
Sunday, August 12, 2012 9:45:44 AM

These are the Flash Poetry/Prose Challenge winners from the 2012 Hawaii Book and Music Festival. Remember V-Day 1967? I made for you a meat loaf better than your Mama’s! You gave me – new vacuum ...

Getting Published: Tips from the Bamboo Ridge editors
Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:42:01 AM

Getting Published Tips from the Bamboo Ridge editors There’s no magic to getting published. The secret is to figure out where you’d like to be published. In terms of Bamboo Ridge Press, books by individual ...

The Ones That Burn Inside...
Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:58:24 AM

By Donald Carreira Ching Write everything down. Simple advice, but in a world of iEverything, it’s easy to put out it off or store it away, those insignificant moments that make our lives so significant. ...

Courage and Trust in Yourself
Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:52:06 AM

By Joe Tsujimoto First: As you write, as you remember and invent, the more you'll be able to remember and invent. What to write in the next sentence, the next paragraph, the next chapter? Just ...

Ten Random Ideas About Writing
Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:40:34 AM

[b]Bamboo Buckaroo’s Ten Random Ideas About Writing[/b] by Lanning Lee [i]Shakespeare's stuff is different from mine, but that is not to say that it is inferior. -- P.G. Wodehouse [/i] 1. ...

Because I Am Aged
Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:32:17 AM

Moriso Teraoka I feel flattered and honored to be asked by you on how I get my story ideas. I am a non-fiction writer. I love to write and have been writing articles and stories since I enrolled in ...

My Eye Goes for Conflict
Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:27:11 AM

By Lee Cataluna The question I think writers get most often is, "Where do you get your ideas from?" Or maybe that's just a question that people ask me a lot because I come up with oddball ...

Da Family Writer
Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:13:17 AM

[b]Being da Family Writer[/b] by Lee A. Tonouchi Wheneva somebody in my family proudly announces to me, “Here Lee, I have a story that maybe you can use in your next book,” I try not for roll my eyes, ...

Time to Give Aloha!
Saturday, September 24, 2011 1:44:20 AM

Only 7 days left in Foodland's Give Aloha program. Donate to Bamboo Ridge Press when you shop at Foodland or Sack N Save this weekend!

Hawaii Book and Music Festival Bamboo Ridge Press Word Bag Participants Entries
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:50:50 AM

Listed below are all the entries from our Word Bag contest participants at this year's Hawaii Book and Music Festival. Note: bolded words are word bag words. Alice My knife cuts through the ...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival Bamboo Ridge Press Word Bag Winners
Monday, May 23, 2011 7:42:17 PM

Winners from the 2011 Hawaii Book and Music Festival Bamboo Ridge Press Word Bag Poetry Contests. [u][b]Saturday’s Word Bag Poetry Winners[/b][/u] My knife cuts through the [b]ahi[/b] like it’s ...

Hawaii Book Blog reviews Anshu: Dark Sorrow
Monday, April 18, 2011 6:39:05 PM

HAWAIIBOOKBLOG.COM - Wow. That’s the exclamation I gave after reading the first two chapters of Anshu at the book store. Misty was there with me, and she told me she felt the same way when she read the ...

To person with open reel recordings.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 7:43:52 PM

To the person who left us the following message: "Back in the 1970s i recorded more than a few local writers reading their work under a state humanities grant sponsored by the american studies ...

Baby Steps
Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:33:42 AM

I don't believe in making new year resolutions. I never keep them. I'm pretty sure many of my friends don't either. I've seen them fall off the resolution bandwagon year after year--we ...

Brien Hallet reviews Juliet Kono's Anshu
Thursday, October 28, 2010 12:15:34 PM

Brien Hallett October 2, 2010 Juliet S. Kono, Anshu: Dark Sorrow. Honolulu, HI: Bamboo Ridge Press, 2010. Juliet Kono's novel, [i]Anshu[/i], is a lovely book. Easily read, well paced, packed ...

One Should Not Sleep Anymore: Poet Wing Tek Lum and the Virtues of Unpleasantness by Ken Chen
Thursday, September 02, 2010 9:58:12 AM

Poet Ken Chen recently wrote of Wing Tek Lum's reading on the atrocities of war at The Asian Americans' Workshop. Here is an excerpt: [quote]I recently hosted the most unpleasant literary reading ...

Interview with author Juliet S. Kono
Friday, August 27, 2010 12:14:32 PM


Friday, August 27, 2010 11:26:24 AM

Aloha to all of you, and mahalo for your entries in the first Great BR Short-Short Story Contest. Here are the winners for July. Each will receive a $10 Bamboo Bucks award and is listed by category award: ...

Bamboo Ridge Press featured in Local Ventures
Thursday, August 05, 2010 1:40:05 AM

Bamboo Ridge Press was recently featured in Pacific Network TV's Local Ventures program. [ooyala]93eXFqMTp8-oo6prTFCFpMHmOXX7-KBp[/ooyala]

Please report issues with site.
Monday, August 02, 2010 12:38:47 AM

Please report any issues you may have while using the site. You can email your issues to Mahalo, Haken

Hawaii Book and Music Festival Word Bag winners
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 7:15:12 PM

Listed are the Hawaii Book and Music Festival Word Bag winners. [b]First Place Winner[/b] I will [color=red]liftoff[/color] into the [color=red]sunny literature[/color] --Dionael Distajo [b]Second ...

Writing as one
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:09:33 AM

Bamboo Ridge Press’ latest issue (#96) is a collection called No Choice but to Follow. The title is a canny play on the book’s concept: a series of linked poems done in a year’s span by seasoned writers ...

Poets unite in differences
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:05:41 AM

At 2008's Hawaii Book and Music Festival, four poets, brought together by an online project by Bamboo Ridge Press to celebrate its 30th anniversary, met to read their writing aloud for the first time. This ...

4 Oahu poets share yearlong poetry chain
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 9:03:50 AM

The voices of four O'ahu poets who spent a year penning a chain of interlocking verses fill "No Choice but to Follow," a collection slated for release this month by Bamboo Press. In the centuries-old ...

Bamboo Ridge Press' HIPA video
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:07:38 PM

Check out the video about Bamboo Ridge Press courtesy of HIPA [youtube]

Vote for CPAF
Friday, January 22, 2010 11:56:49 AM


Aloha Shorts podcasts now available online.
Saturday, December 19, 2009 9:00:04 PM

We now have some Aloha Shorts podcasts online for your listening pleasure. Just head on over to the [url=

'In the Company of Strangers' now available.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6:50:29 PM

Michelle Cruz Skinner's "In the Company of Strangers" is now available from the online bookstore. [b]ORDER IT HERE:[/b] [img]

Blog should be okay now.
Friday, August 21, 2009 2:46:32 AM

Blog was broken for a while. Should be okay now. We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

Word Bag Poetry contest winners
Thursday, June 04, 2009 7:00:01 PM

Mahalo to all who participated in the Word Bag Poetry contest in the Bamboo Ridge tent at the Book & Music Festival! Word Bag poets chose 3 words from the Word Bag and created a line of poetry using ...

BR Writers Read at AAAS National Conference
Monday, April 20, 2009 1:21:31 PM

Bamboo Ridge Press welcomes the 2009 National Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) to Hawaii. Wed 04/22 to Sat 04/25. The AAAS national conference, which is being held at ...

Pidgin perspective
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:03:25 AM

A filmmaker looks at island culture through the lens of local language By [url=

Tinfish reviews 'Islands Linked by Ocean'
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:41:21 PM

The editor of Tinfish reviewed Lisa Linn Kanae's new book, 'Island Linked by Ocean.' Here's an excerpt: [quote]With this new book of short stories, Kanae joins those who have used Pidgin not simply ...

Pithy reflections on our Island lives
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:32:34 PM

By Christine Thomas Special to The Advertiser Just as each separate Hawaiian island nonetheless comprises one connected state when read together, short stories can also evoke a complete narrative ...

John Heckathorn praises Lisa Linn Kanae in his Star Bulletin column.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:49:22 PM

John Heckathorn mentioned Lisa Linn Kanae in his column in the Star Bulletin. [b]Game prose[/b] I've always enjoyed Lisa Linn Kanae's short stories. My favorite is called "Sassy at the Banyan ...

Burl Burlingame of the Star Bulletin reviews Lisa Linn Kanae's new book.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:07:58 AM

Burl Burlingame of the Star Bulletin reviews Lisa Linn Kanae's new book, "Islands Linked by Ocean." Here's an excerpt: [quote]Lisa Linn Kanae didn't realize how close to home her stories ...

Lee Cataluna Reviews "Island Linked by Ocean"
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:28:00 PM

Lee Cataluna of The Honolulu Advertiser reviews Lisa Linn Kanae's new book "Islands Linked by Ocean." Here's an excerpt: [quote]"The UH vs UNLV pre-game show had already begun when ...

A Celebration of New Asian American Poetry Part 2
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 10:43:44 PM


A Celebration of New Asian American Poetry Part 1.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 10:42:16 PM


Follow Bamboo Ridge on Twitter.
Thursday, February 26, 2009 3:33:25 PM

You can follow Bamboo Ridge on Twitter. The URL is: [url=

Wet Weather
Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:39:48 PM


"Da Pidgin Guerrilla" Lee Tonouchi "7 Deadly Local Sins" PART 2
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 1:15:59 PM


"Da Pidgin Guerrilla" Lee Tonouchi "7 Deadly Local Sins" PART 1
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 1:14:58 PM


The Lie - Song and Spoken Word
Friday, December 05, 2008 4:30:15 PM


Noe Tanigawa's Podcast
Thursday, December 04, 2008 10:00:00 PM

Noe Tanigawa interviews Lois Ann Yamanaka and Lisa Kanae. Bamboo Ridge Celebrates 30 Years Since 1978, Bamboo Ridge Press has published the work of over 850 writers and artists, doggedly pursuing ...

Honolulu Star Bulletin reviews Joe Tsujimoto's 'Morningside Heights'
Thursday, September 18, 2008 9:46:17 AM

Read Honolulu Star Bulletin reviews Joe Tsujimoto's 'Morningside Heights.'

Honolulu Weekly reviews Joe Tsujimoto's Morningside Heights
Thursday, September 18, 2008 9:44:09 AM

Read Honolulu Weekly's review of Joe Tsujimoto's 'Morningside Heights.'

Bambooridge presses on
Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:52:43 AM

Writers and readers celebrate the Hawaii publisher's 30th anniversary

Year of the Fish trailer
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:30:00 PM


Def Jam Poetry: Saul Williams
Friday, August 22, 2008 8:45:00 AM


Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot
Friday, August 22, 2008 8:32:00 AM


The Dead
Friday, August 22, 2008 8:30:00 AM


Def Jam Poetry: Alicia Keys - POW
Thursday, August 21, 2008 2:13:00 PM


Continuing work on the site.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 9:57:20 PM

The ongoing work on the site might cause some page errors. If you do encounter one, please feel free to leave a comment to this blog.

MyBR issue resolved.
Friday, June 20, 2008 3:35:03 PM

I didn't realize I broke the MyBR page. It's fixed now. If any of you come across errors on the page, please email me at: serenityengine[at]

The Visitor
Tuesday, February 26, 2008 1:44:31 PM

The Visitor premieres April 11th, 2008. [align=center][youtube]9Ax3zvt_guo[/youtube][/align]

Friday, February 22, 2008 12:15:20 PM

Remember this one? [align=center][youtube]kXYiU_JCYtU[/youtube][/align]

February 19: A Day of Rememberance
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:45:36 PM


A Pinoy is the new lead singer for Journey
Monday, February 11, 2008 11:24:54 PM


A Few Words on Linked Poetry
Sunday, January 13, 2008 11:07:15 AM

Linked poems or verse come from the classical Japanese tradition called “renga,” or “renku”. The modern version, “renshi,” was created and popularized by Japanese poet Makoto Ooka. Whether followed by ...

She and Her Cat
Friday, December 28, 2007 11:20:55 AM

I really should be working, instead I'm watching loads of anime. If you rather not work also, please enjoy this short by Makoto Shinkai. [align=center][youtube]qV4yHcLasOU[/youtube][/align] Happy ...

27th Hawaii Film Festival screens Appleseed sequel Ex Machina
Sunday, October 14, 2007 2:37:39 PM

This definitely falls under the "must see" category next week. The Appleseed sequel, Ex Machina, directed by by Shinji Aramaki and with John Woo producing, is set to be released on 20 October, ...

Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 12:28:18 AM

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, "Really ...

Guitar Hero III setlist
Saturday, September 22, 2007 2:24:19 PM

There's no solid confirmation, but if you're dying to find out what you'll be jamming to this Christmas with your Guitar Hero III, here's the rumored setlist that popped up on [url=

Sunday, September 16, 2007 10:55:26 AM


New Iron Man Trailer
Friday, September 14, 2007 9:06:04 AM

Directed by Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark aka Iron Man, the latest Marvel Comic franchise puts out a trailer to wet our otaku appetites. Check out the [b][url=

No speak pidgin? What American accent do you have?
Saturday, September 08, 2007 2:42:05 AM

Exactly what accent would you have if you lived on the mainland? Being that most people here in Hawaii sound nothing like their fellow Americans on the continent anyway, especially for those of us who ...

Stuff for Friday
Monday, August 27, 2007 4:01:09 PM

Here is what I'm feeling right now for the stuffs that are due on Friday. [align=center][youtube]d-xVb1qsPCw[/youtube][/align]

Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" trailer
Sunday, August 26, 2007 11:30:28 PM

Ang Lee seems to be in a sexual groove after directing "Brokeback Mountain." His latest, "Lust, Caution" [url=

Atlanta wants to ban baggy pants.
Thursday, August 23, 2007 9:18:46 AM

There's a proposed amendment to Atlanta's indecency law to ban baggy pants in public. Atlanta city councilman C.T. Martin calls it an 'epidemic' that is becoming a 'major concern' around the country. ...

Hurricane Dean is a Category 5 hurricane.
Monday, August 20, 2007 2:52:52 PM

We were lucky with Flossie last week, which fissled out. Just got word that Hurricane Dean over in the Atantic reached Category 5. Something that powerful is able to inflict catastrophic damage when ...

YouTube Video Test. The Pale Blue Dot
Sunday, August 19, 2007 12:28:54 AM


A blog a day.
Saturday, August 18, 2007 11:32:36 PM

Added UBB code support to the blog. Should come in useful when dealing with images, videos, etc.. Next on the ToDo: - Add blog comments. - Add RSS to blog. - Add resources CMS.

Something I cooked up for dinner.
Saturday, August 18, 2007 1:48:19 PM

Whipped this dish up for dinner last night. Yummy. [align=center][img]

Website Status
Saturday, August 18, 2007 9:00:00 AM

I kinda blew the old site up and had to bring this one online before it's ready. Lots of coding in the coming weeks.