BAMBOO RIDGE Issue #113
40th Anniversary Issue
Edited by Gail N. Harada (author of BEYOND GREEN TEA AND GRAPEFRUIT)
and Lisa Linn Kanae (author of ISLANDS LINKED BY OCEAN)
Featuring cover and interior art by Noe Tanigawa
With work by 50 diverse writers, from emerging authors new
to the pages of BAMBOO RIDGE to local literary luminaries, including
Elliot Cades Award winners
- Donald Carreira Ching, author of BETWEEN SKY AND SEA: A FAMILY'S STRUGGLE
- Marie Hara, author of BANANAHEART AND OTHER STORIES, co-editor of INTERSECTING CIRCLES: THE VOICES OF HAPA WOMEN IN POETRY AND PROSE
- Juliet S. Kono, author of the novel ANSHU: DARK SORROW, two collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a children's book
- Brenda Kwon, author of THE SUM OF BREATHING and co-editor of YOBO: KOREAN AMERICAN WRITING IN HAWAI‘I
- Darrell H. Y. Lum, co-founder of Bamboo Ridge Press and author of SUN and PASS ON, NO PASS BACK!
- Wing Tek Lum, author of EXPOUNDING THE DOUBTFUL POINTS and THE NANJING MASSACRE: POEMS
- Christy Passion, author of STILL OUT OF PLACE, co-author of linked poetry collections NO CHOICE BUT TO FOLLOW and WHAT WE MUST REMEMBER
- Craig Santos Perez, author of four collections of poetry and co-editor of three anthologies of Pacific literature
- Eric Paul Shaffer, author of seven collections of poetry
- Cathy Song, author of five collections of poetry, co-editor of SISTER STEW: FICTION AND POETRY BY WOMEN and YOBO: KOREAN AMERICAN WRITING IN HAWAI‘I
- Joseph Stanton, author of five collections of poetry, co-author of WHAT THE KITE THINKS: A LINKED POEM
- Joe Tsujimoto, author of MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS: NEW YORK STORIES
Amanda L. Allison: In my 31 years of living in Hawai‘i, I have had the pleasure of learning about the people and the land from many wise kupuna. Their lessons have been a continuation of those taught to me by my own ‘ohana in my hometown of San Diego—lessons of the ocean, the land, and what it means to be family. From all of this wisdom, my geographer’s soul was born and nurtured. I am an instructor at Kapi‘olani Community College and spend my free time walking my dog and writing. “Diving Lessons” is my first non-academic print publication.
Nalani Mamoali‘ialapa‘iha‘o Ano’s poem “Hawaiian Blood” was published in 1997 in the University of Hawai‘i Women’s Center’s La‘i La‘i. She was the 2005 recipient of the James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry for “Wana” and “Night Dive”—published in the Hawai‘i Pacific Review—and has been internationally published with the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (UK) in The Woman Writer. She is currently writing, editing, and illustrating her first collection of poetry entitled Iwi in the Closet.
Nicholas Becher is an MFA candidate at Florida Atlantic University. Previous work has been published in Noise Medium, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, and Hawai‘i Pacific Review.
Doreen E. Beyer writes to escape the jackals, the high horse, Pooh bears, and other impressionistic characters of her workplace. She thanks Bamboo Ridge for the light it casts and for the much needed reality check to Paradise Found.
Sally-Jo Keala-o-Anuenue Bowman first learned literary rejection at age 9, in a form letter from Jack and Jill magazine. She has since had more rejections and many acceptances, some of the work winning awards in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Northwest. She is a 1958 graduate of Kamehameha Schools. A holder of BA and MS degrees in journalism, she taught writing at the University of Oregon for 20 years. Currently she writes and records songs in both English and Hawaiian. She grew up in Kailua, O‘ahu, and now lives in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband, David Walp.
Amalia B. Bueno’s poetry and stories have been published in various local, national, and international journals such as Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Bamboo Ridge, Hawai‘i Review, Tayo Na, and Cha, among others; and in books published by Kore Press, Philippine American Literary House, and Moria Poetry. She is pursuing a PhD in English and teaches composition and creative writing at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Her research interests include Pilipinx poetry, creative writing pedagogy, and Asian American literature.
Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahalu‘u and graduated with his MA in Creative Writing from UH-Manoa. His short stories and poetry have appeared in local, national, and international publications. His début novel, Between Sky and Sea: A Family’s Struggle, was published in December 2015 by Bamboo Ridge Press. He is currently working on his second novel, Who You Know, and a collection of short stories.
Jacey Choy was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She left the islands for the Midwest when she married and has now returned as a some-of-the-time resident. Jacey’s writing reflects her life and the world around her, although so much of her writing seems to find its way back to Hawai‘i, either tangentially or directly. She tries to write about things that really matter to her and speak from her heart because she feels that is when her writing is strongest. More than anything, Jacey cares fiercely about her family—the family she has and the family she carries with her.
BC Chun-Ming lives in Wahiawa, was fortunate enough to study poetry with Dorianne Laux, and is in the process working on several writing projects when not playing music with SBIV.
E. Shan Correa is a former university professor who has written fulltime
since 1980 for both children and adults. Her middle-grade novel, Gaff, has won national honors, as has her story, “O,” published here by Bamboo Ridge. Among other publications, her poetry and prose have appeared in Writer’s Digest, ByLine, HONOLULU, RSVP, Ranger Rick, Aloha, Jack and Jill, Spider, Cricket, and The Pen Woman magazines; in the literary journals Time of Singing, American Poets & Poetry, Japanophile, Rain Bird; and in anthologies Caring Stories, Christmas Talk Story, Toasts, A Loving Voice, The Book Group Book, Wedding Blessings, and Sunset Inn.
Brian Cronwall is a retired English faculty member from Kaua‘i Community College in Hawai‘i. His poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies in Hawai‘i, Guam, the continental United States, Australia, Japan, France, and the United Kingdom, including recent publications in Bamboo Ridge, Chiron Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Ekphrasis, Pinyon, Colere, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and others.
Marie Hara . . . still writing, still feeling lucky about the now that I live in. For you the reader, I wish everything you might like to read from local writers in Hawai‘i. Can forty years have passed so quickly? We are still here.
Jim Harstad: A circa 1965 Pacific Northwest transplant, Jim Harstad is proud to be included in this important issue of Hawai‘i’s most avant publication. T’anks, eh, Bamboo Ridge!
Jennifer Hasegawa is a poet and performance artist. She was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i and lives in San Francisco. Her poetry manuscript, La Chica’s Field Guide to Banzai Living, received the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award in 2014. She has curated the Altered Barbie Spoken Word series and her work has appeared in Tule Review, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and Transfer. She currently ponders paranormal phenomena, including alien encounters, Marian apparitions, and Sinéad O’Connor.
Jeffrey J. Higa: My father was the kind of ballplayer that teams built their defense around. As his firstborn, I was destined for the diamond. Any talent I inherited, though, was given to me slant. I could throw but without grace. I could hit the ball but irregularly. My fielding was adequate but my feet were slow. I stopped after being unable to see a pitched ball. Disappointment settles, father and son move on. And yet, somehow, the game has more to teach him, and so the son sometimes returns to mine the legacy that had once been offered to him. Jeffrey Higa has been published in Zyzzyva, Sonora Review, and Bamboo Ridge. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Inoshita was born and raised on O‘ahu. She is author of a poetry book Manoa Stream (Kahuaomanoa Press), and she co-authored No Choice but to Follow and What We Must Remember with three other poets (Bamboo Ridge Press). Her short play, Wea I Stay: A Play in Hawai‘i, was included in The Statehood Project performed by Kumu Kahua Theatre and published by Fat Ulu Productions. Her creative works have been anthologized widely in local and international journals. She teaches at Leeward Community College and is host of The Reading Room, a series of author interviews and readings: http://leewardccreadingroom.weebly.com/
Sabrina Ito lives in Honolulu with her husband, Victor, and her son, Xander. An International Baccalaureate (IB) teacher in Kailua, Sabrina also enjoys writing, cooking, spending time with family, and is at her happiest in or near the ocean. Sabrina’s poems have appeared in Clarion Magazine, Slipstream Press, Coachella Review, and The Cossack Review, among others. A Pushcart-nominated writer, Sabrina’s first chapbook, Witches of Lila Spring, will be published in 2018 through Plan B Press.
Dina Wood Kageler lives in the upland rainforest on the island of Hawai‘i,
in the village of Volcano. She works as a visual and performing artist and arts educator, and is an aficionado of old-style slack key guitar. She has been a haumana of Cyril Pahinui and is honored to have had many opportunities to learn from him in the old way, by watching, listening, and imitating. She is a collector of stories and images of life on the Big Island. Some of these stories she weaves into poems and songs celebrating the uniqueness of place.
traci kato-kiriyama is an award-winning artist, community organizer, and cultural producer based in Los Angeles. She has served as Teaching Artist- in-Residence for Grand Park, Artist-in-Residence for the AARC at Pomona College, and guest lecturer for the Claremont Colleges, with a focus on art and community-self care in radical wellness and healing processes. She is an actor and principal writer for PULLproject Ensemble, and has received two consecutive awards from the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Her writing and commentary have been featured by numerous print and online publications including Elle.com, The Hollywood Reporter, Entropy, and The Rafu Shimpo; and in publications from Regent Press, Heyday Books, Tia Chucha Press, and Chapparal Canyon Press. Her forthcoming book will be released by Writ Large Press.
Zeke Kearns grew up in Manoa, and graduated from ‘Iolani School in 2013. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and spends most of his time missing his family (and, secondarily, Zippy’s chili).
Scott Kikkawa grew up in Hawai‘i Kai, where the only culture was Yick Lung commercials and Kikaida on the Zenith in the family room. He writes detective noir stories set in a Honolulu where cops still wore coats, ties, and hats and Kaka‘ako was a Japanese ghetto.
Milton Kimura was born and raised on O‘ahu. After retiring from the Hawai‘i DOE, he moved to Pittsburgh in 2012, where he searches among penguins and pirates for the perfectly played Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand, the perfectly danced Giselle, and the perfectly sung Aida.
Juliet S. Kono: Happy Anniversary Bamboo Ridge Press. Thank you for the years!
Brenda Kwon co-edited YOBO: Korean American Writing from Hawai‘i and is the author of Beyond Ke‘eaumoku: Koreans, Nationalism, and Local Culture and The Sum of Breathing, which earned Honorable Mention for Excellence in Literature in the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards. In 2015, she won the Cades Award for Literature. She teaches Language Arts at Honolulu Community College and yoga at Open Space Yoga. She hopes to retire sometime soon and open an animal sanctuary.
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004). She authored a novel, Sonata in K (Ellipsis 2017). Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations (Cambria 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Lee lives in San Diego and serves in the university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Jeffrey Thomas Leong is a poet and writer raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his MFA degree at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he began to translate the poems that are found in his book, Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island. His writing has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Crab Orchard, Hyphen, Spillway, and other publications. For over twenty years he worked as a public health administrator and attorney for the City of San Francisco. He lives with his wife and daughter the East Bay. For more info, please visit him at www.jeffreythomasleong.com.
Darrell H. Y. Lum: 40 years! Who knew? It is with respect and gratitude to the editors for including my work in this issue. And humbling to participate in the process of submitting and anxiously waiting for a decision. What is particularly satisfying is to see fresh voices and new leadership carrying the BR mission forward, one issue at a time. Congratulations to all!
Wing Tek Lum is a Honolulu businessman and poet. Bamboo Ridge Press has published his two collections of poetry, Expounding the Doubtful Points (1987) and The Nanjing Massacre: Poems (2012).
Jennifer Santos Madriaga resides in Durham, North Carolina, and is a native of Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as North American Review, Bamboo Ridge, Hawai‘i Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, and others. She has completed several residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, including the international location at the Moulin á Nef studios in Auvillar, France. She is a recipient of the Durham Arts Council/NC Arts Council Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant
Prana Joy Mandoe’s husband says she is the best wife. She likes to work hard on the computer, in the books, and teaching school. She writes day and night, playing with words, finding each poem’s heart. She loves to sit by the ocean weaving lauhala and watching her husband carve pahu while their kids surf and turn cartwheels. She most recently published in Buddhist Poetry Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, and SlamChop! Journal.
Tamara Leiokanoe Moan is a writer and artist who lives in Kailua, O‘ahu. Her nonfiction has appeared in local and national-circulation magazines. The last few years her writing has focused on memoir and poetry. She teaches art at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and exhibits her own work regularly throughout Hawai‘i.
Ryan Oishi teaches at Kamehameha Schools and enjoys writing short stories that help to deepen his personal definition of love. He is proud and immensely grateful to be published in Bamboo Ridge, an important source of inspiration for him growing up.
Derek N. Otsuji teaches English at Honolulu Community College. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Poet Lore, Sycamore Review, and Threepenny Review. He is near completing his first book of poems, tentatively called The Rabbit in the Moon.
Lauren (Kalani) Nicolle Padilla is a student of English and Visual Narratives at Whitworth University and a recent alumna of the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. “Waimaka” is coincidentally her first short story and the first of her works to be featured in a non-student publication; it is her voyages into the liminal place—between her homes in Mililani and Spokane—that form the beating heart of these first vocational pursuits.
Christy Passion is a critical care nurse and poet, author of Still Out of Place and co-author of two collections of linked poetry, No Choice but to Follow and What We Must Remember. Her work has appeared in Crab Creek Review, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Blue Collar Review, and Mauri Ola. She has received the James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry, the Atlanta Review International Merit Award, the Academy of American Poetry Award, the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Honorable Mention for Excellence in Literature, and the Cades Award for Literature.
Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamorro from the Micronesian island of Guam. He is the co-editor of three anthologies of Pacific literature, and the author of four collections of poetry. He is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Normie Salvador teaches composition and creative writing at Kapi‘olani Community College and freelance edits on the side. Since 1990, he has published short fiction, poetry, essays, and articles in literary magazines, journals, websites, and newspapers. He has a poetry chapbook, Philter (Tinfish Press). During summer and winter breaks, he paints Warhammer 40K miniatures, posting pictures of them to Instagram.
Eric Paul Shaffer’s seventh book of poetry Even Further West was published by Unsolicited Press in 2018. Previous books include A Million-Dollar Bill; Lahaina Noon; Portable Planet; and Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen. Over 450 poems have been published in national and international reviews. Shaffer received Hawai‘i’s 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award, and the 2009 James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry. In 2015, he was a visiting poetry faculty member at the 23rd Annual Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Shaffer teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.
Cathy Song is the author of five books of poetry, including Picture Bride, recently listed as one of the “50 Essential Hawai‘i Books” by HONOLULU Magazine.
Susan M. Soong dedicates her work in this publication to the Chun Hoon clan, and thanks Lois-Ann Yamanaka and Mel Spencer of Na‘au for their encouragement and support. The stories are excerpts from a manuscript entitled “Princess Wo Fat.” In 2008, she received the James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry and in 2012 won First Place for Fiction and Poetry in the Lorrin Tarr Gill Writing Competition. Her most recent writing is inspired by her mother-in-law’s life in China. Bamboo Ridge included “The Blooms of Shanghai” in issue no.104.
Joseph Stanton’s five poetry books are Things Seen, Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art, A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban O‘ahu, Cardinal Points, and What the Kite Thinks: A Linked Poem (co-authored with Makoto Ooka, Wing Tek Lum, and Jean Toyama). More than four hundred of his poems have appeared in such journals as Antioch Review, Bamboo Ridge, Cortland Review, Harvard Review, New Letters, New York Quarterly, Poetry, and Poetry East. His other books include Looking for Edward Gorey, The Important Books: Children’s Picture Books as Art and Literature, Stan Musial: A Biography, and A Hawai‘i Anthology. He is a Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He occasionally teaches poetry-writing workshops, such as the “Starting with Art” workshops he has recently taught at the Honolulu Museum of Art and Poets House (New York City).
Eric Stinton is a writer and a teacher from Kailua. He has written short stories and essays for various outlets including Harvard Review Online, Honolulu Civil Beat, Summit Magazine, and Vice Sports. You can find his work at ericstinton.com. He has been living in Seoul with his fiancée and dachshund since 2014.
Susan Lee St. John teaches at Windward Community College in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu. Her work has appeared in anthologies published by Calyx Books, Mutual Publishing, and Bamboo Ridge Press. Her short plays have been produced by Honolulu Theater for Youth, and she has received the James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry. She resides in her hometown of Kailua with her husband, Robert. They are the parents of three grown children.
Delaina Thomas has returned to Honolulu where she is a caregiver for her father.
Ken Tokuno was raised in California, mostly in the Sacramento area. Learning how to write poetry late in life at the University of Washington, he has now published poetry in Seattle Review, The Bellowing Ark, Hawai‘i Review, and other magazines in addition to previously in Bamboo Ridge. His collection of poems, Orchard was published in 2007. He now lives in Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i with his wife, artist Diane Nushida Tokuno.
Jean Yamasaki Toyama is professor emerita of French and former Associate Dean of the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Her latest books include a volume of poetry, Prepositions, and one of short stories, The Piano Tuner’s Wife. Her work is included in two collections of linked poetry, No Choice but to Follow and What We Must Remember.
Joe Tsujimoto has published two teacher texts, Teaching Poetry Writing to Adolescents (NCTE/ERIC) and Lighting Fires: How the Passionate Teacher Engages Adolescent Writers (Heinemann). He also published a collection of short fiction, Morningside Heights: New York Stories (Bamboo Ridge Press), was awarded the 2008 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, and was a finalist for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.
Alicia Upano is the 2016 fiction winner of the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award Hawai‘i. Her creative work has appeared in the Asian American Literary Review and Hyphen. Her family’s history in Hawai‘i began at the sugar plantation in Pu‘unene, Maui, home of the Three-Year Swim Club, the inspiration for the fiction piece in this issue. To learn more, check out Julie Checkoway’s The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory (Grand Central Publishing, 2015).
Amy Uyematsu, a sansei poet and teacher from Los Angeles, is grateful to Bamboo Ridge for publishing so many of her poems, going back to 1986, and delighted to be part of this 40th anniversary issue.
For most of the year, Sylvia Watanabe lives and teaches in Ohio, a condition of perpetual transience. But, like all cats, she has never forgotten where she is from.