The 35th Anniversary Issue of BAMBOO RIDGE includes new work by founding editors Eric Chock and Darrell H. Y. Lum, as well as by guest editors Lee Cataluna and Lisa Linn Kanae. Featured cover artist is weaver Ruthadell Anderson, noted for her large tapestries hanging in the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the Hawai‘i State Capitol. Accompanying the artist’s profile, “Weaving a Colorful Life,” is a portfolio of color photographs of her work.
A special section for the Editors’ Choice Awards begins with eight poems by Best Poetry winner Christy Passion, followed by Kevin Won’s Best Prose and a poem by Connie Pan, selected as the Best New to BAMBOO RIDGE Writer. From the online Bamboo Shoots writing contest, the editors chose work by Donald Carreira Ching, Richard Melendez, Terri Nakamura, and Normie Salvador.
This celebration of local writing from Hawai‘i’s oldest and longest running independent literary small press includes new work from: Juliet S. Kono, R. Zamora Linmark, Wing Tek Lum, Tyler Miranda, Gary Pak, Eric Paul Shaffer, Cathy Song, Joseph Stanton, Lee A. Tonouchi, Joe Tsujimoto, and Kahikahealani Wight.
Other authors featured in the anthology are: Sally-Jo Keala-o-Anuenue Bowman, Amalia B. Bueno, Debra Kang Dean, Norma W. Gorst, David James, Darlene M. Javar, Christine Kirk-Kuwaye, Mari Kubo, Lanning C. Lee, Lyn Lifshin, Mary Lombard Mulder, Beverly Major, Prana Joy Mandoe, Elmer Omar Pizo, Misty-Lynn Sanico, Susan Mau Soong, Kenny Tanemura, Delaina Thomas, Ken Tokuno, Amy Uyematsu, and Frances K. Won.
Sally-Jo Keala-o-Anuenue Bowman debuted in Bamboo Ridge in 2012. Her fiction and poetry also have appeared in ‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, Hawai‘i Review, and the anthologies Honolulu Stories and Sky Woman, pub- lished by Canada’s Native Women in The Arts. Her articles, essays and profiles have won awards in Hawai‘i and elsewhere. Her two books are The Heart of Being Hawaiian and No Footprints in the Sand. The Kamehameha Schools graduate with BA and MS degrees in journalism taught magazine writing at the University of Oregon School of Journalism, 1978–1998. She lives in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband, David Walp.
Amalia B. Bueno’s poems and stories have been published in various literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. A writer and educator, she is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahalu‘u. He earned his MA in Creative Writing from UH Manoa, where he received the Myrle Clark award with distinction and the Patsy Sumie Saiki award for fiction. He recently completed his first novel, Between Sky and Sea, to be published by Bamboo Ridge Press in 2015, excerpts from which have appeared in Hawai‘i Review, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, and Bamboo Ridge (#98), with a forthcoming excerpt in Chaminade Literary Review. In 2014, he was awarded the Ian Macmillan award for fiction, and in 2012, he was the runner-up in Honolulu Weekly’s annual fiction competition and placed first in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Halloween fiction contest.
Lee Cataluna is a writer with two books, a dozen plays, and hundreds of articles published and/or produced. She teaches writing at ‘Iolani School.
Eric Chock is founding co-editor of Bamboo Ridge Press along with Darrell Lum. They met in Mrs. Perry’s first grade class at Ma‘ema‘e Elementary School, before progressing through Kawananakoa Intermediate and McKinley High School together. They have been known to perform the school song for either Ma‘ema‘e or McKinley at the drop of a beer can hat.
Debra Kang Dean is the author of two full-length collections of poetry from BOA Editions and three chapbooks of poetry, including Fugitive Blues, which won the Blue Moon Poetry Chapbook Contest in 2013. Her essays have most recently appeared in the expanded edition of The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (2011) and in Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W. S. Merwin (2012). She has taught in the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University since 2003 and lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
O‘ahu has been Norma W. Gorst’s home for forty-five years. Norma’s recent work includes two chapbooks from Finishing Line Press, At the Edge of Speech  and Seeking an Answer (with Carol Catanzariti) , and poems in Bamboo Ridge and Hawai‘i Pacific Review. She holds a John Unterecker Prize for Poetry from Chaminade University.
David James’ second book, She Dances Like Mussolini, won the 2010 Next Generation Indie book award; he has a new chapbook titled No Way to Stop the Bleeding forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. More than thirty of his one-act plays have been produced from New York to California. He teaches at Oakland Community College.
Darlene M. Javar lives in the beautiful country of Ka‘u on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. She is inspired by country living and the children of the “rugged” landscape. She has been published in Bamboo Ridge, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, Chaminade Literary Review, Tinfish, Kaimana, Storyboard 8, Into the Teeth of the Wind, The Distillery, Earth’s Daughter’s, and The East Hawaii Observer.
Born and raised on O‘ahu, Lisa Linn Kanae is the author of Sista Tongue, a memoir/essay that weaves the social history of Hawai‘i and Creole English with personal experience, and Islands Linked by Ocean, a collection of short stories. Kanae’s prose and poetry have been published in ‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, Hybolics, Tinfish, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, and Bamboo Ridge Press publications. She is the recipient of the 2010 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Emerging Artist.
Christine Kirk-Kuwaye is spending her days writing and researching, which has become her second career. As the principal humanities expert, she and Hamilton Library’s Lynn Davis received a Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities grant for their project “Students as Experts, 1928–1972: Accessing Student Papers in the University of Hawai‘i Archives.”
Juliet S. Kono was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i. She lives in Honolulu with her husband and teaches composition and creative writing at Leeward Community College.
Mari Kubo was born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in Hilo and Honolulu. She received a degree in English from UH Manoa and a Masters in Creative Writing from Boston University. She has lived in Boston, Iowa, San Francisco, and currently resides on the Island of Hawai‘i. She has had poems published in Bamboo Ridge, Hawai‘i Review, Poetry Hawaii, Talk Story Anthology, East Hawaii Observer (UH-Hilo Literary Publication), and Ironwood. Her book of poems, A Japanese Girl Speaks, was recently published by Finishing Line Press.
Lanning C. Lee: I was born and raised in Honolulu. Except for a few years in Madison, Wisconsin, I’ve spent my whole life here. My maternal grandmother and grandfather moved here in 1957. My grandmother’s favorite pastime was feeding birds, mostly at Queen’s Surf.
Ever since it started, I’ve entered the Bamboo Ridge online writing contest. I’m the only person I know who has entered the contest every single month but has not won once.
Lyn Lifshin has published over 140 books and chapbooks and edited three anthologies of women’s writing, including Tangled Vines, in print 20 years. She has several books from Black Sparrow books. Her web site, www.lynlifshin.com shows the variety of her work from the equine books, The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian and Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness to recent books about dance: Ballroom, Knife Edge & Absinthe: The Tango Poems. Other new books include For the Roses, poems for Joni Mitchell; All The Poets Who Touched Me; A Girl Goes into the Woods; Malala; Tangled as the Alphabet: The Istanbul Poems. Also just out: Secretariat: The Red Freak; The Miracle; and Luminous Women: Eneduanna, Scheherazade and Nefertiti.
R. Zamora Linmark’s latest books are Leche, a novel from Coffee House Press, and Drive-By Vigils, his third poetry collection from Hanging Loose Press. The poems included in this issue of Bamboo Ridge are from his forthcoming collection, Pop Vérité. He is currently working on several projects, including a novel, in Florida, where he is the Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.
Mary Lombard Mulder lives in lovely Kailua and, when not writing short stories, is volunteering at the best used bookstore on the island—the Friends of Kailua Library Bookstore—or living it up with her hanafuda buddies. She is especially honored to be among the fine writers in this 35th anniversary issue of Bamboo Ridge.
Darrell Lum is looking forward to being a “lame duck” editor of BR. “Letter to Honolulu” was written and recorded for broadcast for the National Public Radio program State of the re:Union (www.stateofthereunion.com).
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).
Beverly Major, a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, has worked as an interior design professional for over 30 years. Beginning in hospitality design, she now directs the Interiors department of the Honolulu office of an international commercial architectural firm. Her projects have ranged from Native American casinos to Army chapels, and allowed her to travel. She has profiled artists, architects, designers and their projects in both local and mainland publications and was the copyeditor for the first edition of Architecture in Hawai‘i. As an artist, she is drawn to texture and materials, working in metal and fiber.
Prana Joy Mandoe was born and raised in Hamakualoa, Maui, where the surf booms on the distant cliffs. She is raising her family in Hilo, Hawai‘i, land of the Kanilehua rain, and she teaches school in the beautiful forest of Keahialaka in the district of Puna. It is from the pulse of life in these places that her poetry rises.
Richard Melendez is a writer and editor whose work can be found in Abstract Magazine, INhonolulu Magazine, and other local publications which, he is happy to say, now includes Bamboo Ridge. When he isn’t writing, Richard enjoys reading, hiking, experiencing music and the arts, and spending quality time with loved ones. He is a Puerto Rican by blood, a Long Islander by birth, and has called Hawai‘i home for over 20 years. He currently resides in the Makiki area of Honolulu.
Tyler Miranda is an emerging writer with over a dozen publications in local literary journals. In 2009, he was awarded Bamboo Ridge’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best Prose. In 2011, an excerpt from his novel was anthologized in a textbook produced by Pearson Publishing (New York). In 2013, his short story “Frosted” appeared in an anthology produced by Sisters in Crime/Hawaii. Also in 2013, his first novel ‘Ewa Which Way was published by Bamboo Ridge Press. He has just finished work on his second novel.
Terri Nakamura is a momma to her puffy lion sons Brady Boy and Trumpah da Humpah. She would like fo say thanks to Bamboo Ridge fo all da support and wanna say dat no moa words fo all da gratitude and love she get for da Kimo and her family and friends.
Gary Pak is a Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. His most recent publication is Brothers Under a Same Sky (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013). Since 2002, after serving a Fulbright fellowship in Korea, he has returned almost every year to his ancestral homeland to lecture and research.
Connie Pan is originally from Maui, Hawai‘i. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University and a MFA in fiction from West Virginia University. Her novel excerpt, “The Patron Saint of Exits,” was published in Rosebud Magazine and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in Hawai‘i Review. Weekdays, she works in Pittsburgh as a tech- nical writer. Evenings and weekends, she revises her novel. Nightly, she dreams of the ocean.
Christy Passion is a critical care nurse, poet, and co-author of the book No Choice but to Follow. Her academic writing can be found in American Nurse Today and forthcoming in Critical Care Nurse. Her poetry can be found in various local and international journals.
Elmer Omar 3.14zo (Pizo): In the beginning there was this “word” and this “word” became flesh and this “flesh” became Bamboo Ridge Press. Congratula- tions on your 35th anniversary.
Normie Salvador teaches at KCC and edits freelance for presses, publication houses, and authors here and elsewhere. Over the years, he’s written short stories, poems, sudden fiction, and articles for literary magazines and journals, newspapers, catalogs, websites, and a gaming magazine. His poetry chapbook, Philter, was published by Tinfish Press. When not teaching, writing, or reading, he volunteers time sequencing RNA or classifying galaxies for projects online; kitbashes, paints, and plays with 32mm tabletop wargaming miniatures; watches anime, and gardens.
Misty-Lynn Sanico is the co-founder and editor of HawaiiReads.com (Hawaii Book Blog) a literary website dedicated to promoting local books and authors. She is a freelance writer with work featured in Abstract Magazine, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Huffington Post, and other online publications. She is also a social media editor for local literary non-profits like First Book Oahu and Bamboo Ridge Press. Her first appearance in Bamboo Ridge was in issue #100. She is a passionate advocate for Hawai‘i literature and can often be found lurk- ing about library book sales.
Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry, including Lahaina Noon and Portable Planet. His poetry appears in Ploughshares, Slate, North American Review, and The Sun Magazine; Australia’s Island and Quadrant; Canada’s CV2, Dalhousie Review, Event, and Fiddlehead; Éire’s Poetry Ireland Review and Southword Journal; England’s Stand and Magma; and New Zealand’s Poetry NZ and Takahe. Shaffer received the 2002 Elliot Cades Award, a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Lahaina Noon, and the 2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry. After ten years on Maui, he now lives on O‘ahu and teaches at Honolulu Community College.
Cathy Song: Happy 35th! Love you guys!
Susan Mau Soong, a former student of Na‘au Learning Center, received the 2008 James Vaughan Award for Poetry from Hawai‘i Pacific University. In 2012, she was awarded First Place for Poetry and First Place for Fiction in the Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Competition, sponsored by the Honolulu branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Her mother-in-law’s life in China inspires her most recent writing.
Joseph Stanton has published four books of poems: 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). His other sorts of books include Looking for Edward Gorey, The Important Books, Stan Musial: A Biography, and A Hawai‘i Anthology. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Harvard Review, Poetry East, Bamboo Ridge, New York Quarterly, and many other journals. He is a Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Kenny Tanemura has an MFA in Creative Writing from Purdue University. His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. He teaches ESL to foreign engineers and designers in Silicon Valley, and will begin his PhD in Second Language Studies/ESL at Purdue in the fall.
Delaina Thomas lives off-the-grid, at 4,200 feet above sea level. In the cloud zone, trees grow hazy or invisible. Sometimes the view clears; sometimes a poem appears.
Ken Tokuno has published poetry in Bamboo Ridge, Seattle Review, The Bellowing Ark, and other magazines. His collection of poems, Orchard, was published in 2007. He lives in Kane‘ohe with his wife, Diane. He misses Seattle only once a year.
“Da Pidgin Guerrilla” Lee A. Tonouchi’s latest book, Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai‘i Okinawan Journal (Bess), won da 2013 Association for Asian American Studies book award for poetry/prose. His oddah books include Da Word (Bamboo Ridge), Living Pidgin (Tinfish), Da Kine Dictionary (Bess), and Buss Laugh: Stand Up Poetry from Hawai‘i (Bess). He did plays before for Kumu Kahua Theatre and da Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Da East West Players in L.A. did his most recentest play, Three Year Swim Club, and dat one wuz one Los Angeles Times Critics Choice Selection.
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 has also published a collection of short fiction, Morningside Heights: New York Stories (Bamboo Ridge), which was a finalist for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Tsujimoto won the 2008 Elliot Cades Award for Literature. He will stop teaching in 2014.
Amy Uyematsu is a sansei poet and former public high school math teacher. As a retiree, she is learning new things, like tai chi, zumba, and figure drawing. But her biggest thrill comes playing with her two lively grandsons.
Kahikahealani Wight continues to teach Hawaiian at Kapi‘olani Community College.
Frances K. Won earned her MFA in 2011. She is currently an instructor of English at Leeward Community College.
Kevin Won recently received his MA in Creative Writing from UH and is excited to be a part of Bamboo Ridge’s 35th Anniversary Issue. His other artistic interests include filmmaking, martial arts, cooking, and nonpolitical drawings with his three year-old daughter. He got into writing because he loves the smell of books.