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This issue of BAMBOO RIDGE opens the Editors’ Choice Awards winners--Tamara Leiokanoe Moan for poetry, Mary Lombard for prose, and Emil DeAndreis for new BR writer--followed by a special section, “War! What Is It Good For?” Featured in this section are Gail N. Harada, WWII veteran Don Matsuda, and Wing Tek Lum’s series of poems on the Nanjing Massacre, accompanied by artwork by cover artist Noe Tanigawa, along with her insightful artist’s statement on creating the images that are based on Lum's poetry.
In addition to a trio of surfing accounts by Carl Millholland, Patrick Moser, and Mark Thiel, the anthology includes new work by established writers previously published in BAMBOO RIDGE as well as by emerging voices: Rachel Ana Brown, Amalia B. Bueno, Donald Carreira Ching, Shoshana Hannemann, Jeffrey J. Higa, Frances H. Kakugawa, Brenda Kwon, Lanning C. Lee, Jennifer Santos Madriaga, Gavin McCall, Delaina Thomas, Lee A. Tonouchi, Jean Yamasaki Toyama, and Peter Van Dyke.
Rachel Ana Brown is a native of the Big Island of Hawai‘i but moved to New York to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming Catwoman. She currently resides in Brooklyn and, despite the rumors, has never incited a riot or run an illegal lizard racetrack on her fire escape. Her work has appeared in the Allegheny Review, the Susquehanna Review, Honolulu Weekly, and Plenty. This is her second time appearing in Bamboo Ridge. Scribblings deemed too naughty for publication can be found online at bigislandrachel.blogspot.com. Rachel thanks her sister for suggesting more Pidgin erotica, and Max, for his love.
Amalia B. Bueno’s poetry and short stories have appeared in various local and national publications, most recently in Growing Up Filipino II (Philippine American Literary House, 2010). She has been a publicist, speechwriter, and information officer and is currently president of Bueno MediaWorks, a media relations consulting firm.
Donald Carreira Ching is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and has been previously published in Hawai‘i Review and Cirque. He is currently working on a collection of short stories that interrogates multicultural identity in contemporary Hawai‘i. He loves his wife and is thankful for the support and guidance of colleagues, professors, friends, and family.
Emil DeAndreis is a twenty-four-year-old teacher born and raised in San Francisco. In 2008, he graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with a degree in creative writing. He has been published twice in the UHH literary journal and once in the San Francisco Chronicle. Emil is open to questions or comments regarding his writing and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although currently living in Makakilo, Shoshana Hannemann spent most of her life on O‘ahu’s Windward side. She enjoys experimenting with different art mediums and struggles with effective time management. A graduate of UH West O‘ahu, she is in the Master’s Program at UH Manoa’s Center for Pacific Island Studies.
Gail N. Harada was born in Honolulu and has degrees from Stanford University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. For several years she has been thinking about writing a mystery novel set on O?ahu and has finally started it.
Jeffrey J. Higa: Sometimes I look at my daughter and wonder what she will remember about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She is exactly the same age as I was during the Vietnam War, and my memories of that conflict are both ethereal—as if the war were happenings from a cloudy, distant planet glimpsed from our black-and-white television—and unstoppably jarring, like a sudden blow received to the chest. “The Summer of Miracles and Lies” grew out of that dichotomy and confusion, and is a marker for my daughter and the wars that she will live through.
Frances H. Kakugawa was recognized in Living Legacy: Outstanding Women of the 20th Century in Hawai‘i. Her books include Sand Grains; White Ginger Blossom; Golden Spike; The Path of Butterflies; Mosaic Moon: Caregiving Through Poetry; Teacher, You Look Like A Horse!; and award-winning children’s books, Wordsworth the Poet and Wordsworth Dances the Waltz. A leading advocate of the power of poetry in easing the burden of long-term family care, she gives lectures and writing workshops throughout the U.S. She resides in Sacramento and is an active member of California Writers’ Club and Northern California Publishers & Authors. Her latest book is Breaking the Silence: A Caregiver’s Voice (Willow Valley Press, 2010).
Brenda Kwon spent a year in Korea discovering that no one thinks she’s Korean. Here on O‘ahu, she teaches, writes, performs spoken word poetry, and has a dedicated yoga practice. Despite getting an “A+” in Korean 101, she still can’t speak the language, but hopes to understand Korean television one day.
Lanning Lee: A lifelong Kapahulu resident, Gordon Kim was a member of the Chuck’s Manoa mainstay trio called George Street and currently plays as half of the mainstay Thai Sweet Basil musical duo—together still with snowbird Gail Mack—called Sunset Street. I have pondered this Manoa Marketplace geographical coincidence. If you’ve ever heard him, you know that Gordon’s guitar playing is inimitable, as is his voice—I’m sure Kory would agree—and he once believed, wholeheartedly, that he’d killed a very mean neighbor by making a baby mango voodoo doll representation of that man and then hammering it to a pulp and finally hibachi-ing it to baby mango voodoo doll ash. Gordon, mahalo for telling me this story back when we believed in magic and in only good times. Go Bows!
Mary Lombard has published stories in HONOLULU Magazine, Manoa, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, and Chaminade Literary Review, but nothing quite equals the honor and the utter pleasure of appearing in Bamboo Ridge.
Wing Tek Lum’s first collection of poetry, Expounding the Doubtful Points, was published by Bamboo Ridge Press in 1987.
Jennifer Santos Madriaga was born in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, and has lived in the Philippines, California, Virginia, Rhode Island, and North Carolina. She has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, including the international location at the Moulin à Nef studios in Auvillar, France. She recently received a 2010 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists grant from the Durham Arts Council and North Carolina Arts Council. Her work has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, and others.
Don Matsuda: I was born and raised in East Los Angeles. When World War II broke out, I was put into the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in Wyoming. I left to join the 442nd in Mississippi, then joined the 100th in Anzio. In France, I took part in the battle to rescue the “Lost Battalion.” After the war, I worked at various jobs in Chicago, attending the University of Chicago until my mother died. To earn a living, I started working as a TV repairman. In 1953, I married a girl from Kaua‘i and, after a 1967 veterans reunion on O‘ahu, we settled here. I worked as a TV tech and taught TV repair, helping to start classes in Hawai‘i, Korea, Okinawa, and Taiwan. I also published an article, “Using Controls for Troubleshooting TV,” in Electronics World (March 1969), as well as a book, Electronic Troubleshooting (Prentice Hall, 1992).
Gavin McCall grew up on a farm on the Big Island of Hawai‘i but spent the bulk of his writing career in Honolulu. He won Hawai‘i Review’s Sudden Fiction Award in 2008, and since then he’s had his writing published in Boston Literary Magazine, Nimble, Lesser Flamingo, Paradigm, Six Sentences, Long Story Short, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Flashquake, Off Course, and Nanoism. He was also lucky enough to have been included in Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Statehood Project. He’ll soon be leaving Hawai‘i for the mainland and (more) graduate school, and he’s not sure how excited he should be.
Carl Millholland lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and was raised in nearby Kenosha. At the age of eighteen he moved to Honolulu where he became a member of the UH Manoa swimming team and hoped to become a marine biologist until he discovered it requires math and chemistry skills. Carl switched to fiction writing under the tutelage of Phil Damon and later received an MFA from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. Ironically now works for a scientific instruments company. He proudly sports a UH cycling jersey as he bikes the hills of central Wisconsin. Go Bows!
Tamara Leiokanoe Moan is a writer and artist living in Kailua on O‘ahu. Her poems have appeared in Bamboo Ridge and Rainbird; non-fiction pieces have been published locally in Hana Hou, Island Scene, and HONOLULU Magazine.
Patrick Moser has written articles for The Surfer’s Journal and Surfer. He edited Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008) and collaborated with world surfing champion Shaun Tomson on Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life. He currently teaches writing and French language at Drury University where he also offers a course on the history and culture of surfing. His latest project is a book of essays on contemporary surf culture.
Noe Tanigawa grew up in Honolulu, where she lives now, in a house full of family and friends.
MJ Thiel is a carpenter, farmer, and writer living and working on O‘ahu. He has studied writing and poetry beneath venerable teachers such as Ed Higgins and the late Craig Carlson. He also attended and replaced the windows to David Biespiel’s the Poets Attic in Portland, Oregon, in the early 2000s.
Delaina Thomas will soon be 55, qualifying for a discount at Pukalani Superette.
“Da Pidgin Guerrilla” Lee A. Tonouchi is da writer of da award-winning book of Pidgin short stories Da Word (Bamboo Ridge, 2001), author of da Pidgin essay collection Living Pidgin: Contemplations on Pidgin Culture (Tinfish, 2002), compiler of Da Kine Dictionary: Da Hawai‘i Community Pidgin Dictionary Projeck (Bess, 2005), and editor of Buss Laugh: Stand Up Poetry from Hawai‘i (Bess, 2009). Da Honolulu Theatre for Youth wen do his play Three Year Swim Club (2010). An’den Kumu Kahua Theatre wen stage his plays Gone Feeshing (2004), Living Pidgin (2007), and Da Kine Space (2011).
Jean Yamasaki Toyama is a poet, scholar, translator, and writer of fiction. Her latest publications are No Choice but to Follow and Kelli’s Hanauma Friends. She lives in Hawai‘i where she was born and raised.
Peter Van Dyke lives and works in South Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i, where he is a coffee and tropical fruit farmer and the manager of the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. He is something of a Waldman himself, better with plants and bugs than with people and history. The real life model for J. Waldman is R.C.L. Perkins, whose journals and correspondence were recently published as Barefoot on Lava, edited by Van Dyke’s Bishop Museum colleague Neal Evenhuis.