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ISBN: 978-0-910043-92-2
208 pages


This latest anthology from the oldest and longest running independent literary small press in Hawai‘i is guest 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 Joy Enomoto; and Editors’ Choice Award Winners Rajiv Mohabir (Poetry), K. L. Quilantang, Jr. (Prose), and Joseph Han (New Writer).

Includes new work by Sally-Jo Keala-o-Anuenue Bowman, Amalia B. Bueno, Donald Carreira Ching, Dana Naone Hall, Mavis Hara, Ann Inoshita, Juliet S. Kono, Jennifer Lighty, Wing Tek Lum, Jennifer Santos Madriaga, Tyler Miranda, Elmer Omar Pizo, Eric Paul Shaffer, Cathy Song, Joseph Stanton, Joe Tsujimoto, Amy Uyematsu, Sylvia Watanabe, the late Waimea Williams, and others.
BAMBOO RIDGE Issue #106 Contributors

Sara Backer, author of the novel American Fuji, has been awarded fellowships from Norton Island and Djerassi resident artist programs and received four Pushcart nominations. For three years, she was a visiting professor at Shizuoka University in Japan, where she became enchanted by the myth of nopperabou. Her short fiction appears this year in Perihelion, Read Short Fiction, SOL: English Writing in Mexico, Devilfish Review, and Waccamaw Journal. She currently teaches writing at UMass Lowell and lives in the woods in New Hampshire. For links to her writing published online, visit

Sally-Jo Keala-o-Anuenue Bowman’s poetry appears here for the first time, following short stories in Bamboo Ridge Issues #100 and #104. Her fiction and poetry have been published in ‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, Hawai‘i Review, and Honolulu Stories. Her best profiles, essays, and articles are collected in The Heart of Being Hawaiian. Her work has won several awards in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Northwest. A 1958 graduate of Kamehameha Schools—where eighth-grade boarding inspired “Phases of the Moon” —with BA and MS degrees in journalism, she taught writing at the University of Oregon for 20 years. Recently she has branched into writing and recording songs in both English and Hawaiian. She lives in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband, David Walp.

Born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Amalia B. Bueno is an educator and writer. Her poems and stories have appeared in various literary journals, anthologies and magazines. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. The two poems published here are included in her chapbook Home Remedies (Finishing Line Press, February 2015).

Danelle Cheng lives on O‘ahu with her husband Clifford and two wonderful teenage daughters Taylor and Irie, from whom she draws inspiration for her writing every day. This is the second opportunity she has had to be published in Bamboo Ridge, for which she is very grateful. She continues to write for the fun of it and hopes to one day complete her young adult novel, the beginnings of which can be found in this issue.

Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahalu‘u. He earned his MA from UH Manoa, where he received the Myrle Clark Award with distinction and the Patsy Sumie Saiki Award for Fiction. His debut novel, Between Sky and Sea: A Family’s Struggle, will be published by Bamboo Ridge Press in 2015. In 2014, he received the Ian MacMillan Award for Fiction. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published locally and elsewhere.

Mike Dillon grew up on Bainbridge Island, a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, Washington, and has lived in Indianola, a small town on Puget Sound northwest of Seattle, for the past 30 years. He is author of four books of poems, including That Which We Have Named from Bellowing Ark Press (2008) and two books of haiku: the road behind (2003) and Contingencies (2014), both from Red Moon Press. Several of his haiku were included in Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years from W.W. Norton in 2013.

Elena Savaiinaea Farden: We are daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives. I’ve been a daughter all my life, a mother for some, but only recently my roles as wife and sister have come full circle. I weighed this as I listened to a Pwo Navigator recount the four tools used to traverse the ocean: he ka, he iwi, he makau, he lupe. The greatest journey I have ever taken is being a Hawaiian woman, and motherhood is the deepest ocean I’ve ever come across. This poem was written as a gift to a deal friend and for the role we all play as mothers carrying life and hope for our children.

P. R. Groves currently resides in Honolulu with her fiancé and her cat. She enjoys having philosophical conversations with both.

Dana Naone Hall lives on Maui.

Joseph Han is a graduate student in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and current director of Mixing Innovative Arts, a monthly reading series in Honolulu. His fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Hawai‘i Review, Eclectica Magazine, Word Riot, and Hawai‘i Pacific Review.

Mavis Hara lives in Kalihi.

Ann Inoshita was born and raised on O‘ahu. She has a book of poems, Manoa Stream (Kahuaomanoa Press), and she co-authored No Choice but to Follow, a book and CD of linked poems, 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 works have been published in local and international journals. She is an instructor of English at Leeward Community College.

Juliet S. Kono: Eric and Darrell, thank you so much for everything! I can’t say enough....

Jeffrey Thomas Leong’s poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, and other publications. He received his BA in Asian American Studies and a JD from UC Berkeley. Jeff also earned an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014. He is writing a series on the Angel Island Immigration Station near San Francisco. The first poem is a fictionalized account drawn from actual transcripts of immigration interrogations, and the second an imagining of his father’s journey. Jeff lives with his wife and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jennifer Lighty is currently traveling in the footsteps of Indian bhakti poet Mirabai, writing along the way. She has received a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a Pushcart Prize nomination and has been published in many journals. Follow her journey at www.mirabaisays.wordpress. 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).

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, 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 in Literature.

Marcia Zina Mager is an international author, award-winning poet, and performance artist. Her books have been translated into 10 languages. Her European best-sellers, Believing in Faeries: A Manual for Grown-ups and The Hidden Kingdom: Discovering the Divine Presence in Nature, were both inspired by the Hawaiian Islands. Her fiction and poetry awards include Honolulu’s Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Competitions. Recently she co-wrote and performed a two-woman “theatrical, musical Ted Talk” at the 2015 O‘ahu Fringe Festival. Currently, she’s collaborating on a full-length Broadway-style musical and working with writers and artists around the country as The Write Coach:

Gavin McCall’s short stories, essays and one poem have appeared in dozens of literary magazines. He grew up on the Big Island, earned an MA in creative writing at UH-Manoa and an MFA at Fresno State, but he now lives and writes in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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.

Tamara Moan is a writer and artist who lives and works in Kailua, O‘ahu.

Winner of the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for The Taxidermist’s Cut (Spring 2016), Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist Foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. He won the 2014 Academy of American Poets Prize for the University of Hawai‘i and his poetry and translations are internationally published or forthcoming from journals such as Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Asian American Literary Review, diode, Anti-, Great River Review, and PANK. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor- in-Chief of the Ozone Park Literary Journal and is currently pursuing a PhD at UH-Manoa.

Shareen K. Murayama is currently a candidate for her MFA in poetry at Oregon State University’s Low-Residency program. She lives and writes in Honolulu with the loving support of family and friends who often wished she wrote about happier things.

Marcia Omura is a lauhala hat weaver. Born, raised, and educated in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, she holds a BFA in weaving, a PD and MEd in Elementary Education. Mahalo Bamboo Ridge for publishing previous pieces about lauhala weaving. These help to perpetuate the memory and knowledge of a great teacher and beloved friend, Gladys Kukana Ontai Grace. Aloha nui, Aunty Gladys!

Elmer Omar 3.14zo (Pizo): Born in Asingan (P.I.), getting old in Hawai‘i (‘Ewa Beach). Torn between two countries (United States of A and the Republic of the Philippines).

K. L. Quilantang, Jr.: Ken lives in the middle of what were once pineapple fields with his wife, two-year-old son, puppy, and two muscle cars. He spends his spare time writing and playing superheroes with his son and wife. He teaches English at Kapi‘olani Community College and always tells his students to write, write, write, because everybody get stories insie dem waiting fo be born.

Misty-Lynn Sanico is the co-founder and editor of (Hawaii Book Blog) a literary website dedicated to promoting local books and authors. She is a freelance writer and editor working on a book about afternoon tea in Hawai‘i.

Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry, including Lahaina Noon; Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen; and Portable Planet. More than 400 of his poems have appeared in more than 200 local and national reviews, as well as many in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. Shaffer has received a number of local literary awards, including 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. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.

John E. Simonds, 79, a retired Honolulu daily newspaper editor, has lived in Hawai‘i for 39 years and previously was a reporter for newspapers from Washington, D.C., and other mainland cities. A Bowdoin College graduate and former East Coast and Midwest resident, he has been writing verse since the 1970s, is the author of Waves from a Time-Zoned Brain (AuthorHouse 2009), and recently has had poems published in Connecticut River Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and New Millennium Writings.

Retired English professor and college administrator at Kaua‘i Community College, Helen M. Sina continues writing and teaching violin and viola students. She attended Linfield College, Willamette University, Northwestern University, and the University of Oregon. She has previously published in Prairie Schooner, The Sandcutters, and Bamboo Ridge.

Cathy Song owes Wing Tek Lum a lunch.

Lyz Soto is a performance poet of Tagalog, Ilocano, Hakka, German, English, Irish, French, Cherokee, Scottish, and Spanish descent, and co-founder of Pacific Tongues. She is a long time mentor and coach with its award-winning youth poetry program, Youth Speaks Hawai‘i. Lyz is currently working towards a PhD in English at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she also teaches composition and creative writing. She has performed in Hawai‘i, Aotearoa, Papua New Guinea, and the continental United States. In 2010, her chapbook, Eulogies, was published by Tinfish Press, and in 2014, her poem “American Homelands” won the Ian MacMillan contest for poetry.

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, New Letters, 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 and is currently a PhD candidate in Second Language Studies at Purdue.

From an early age, Matthew Somchai Therrien exhibited a love of literature and writing. His passion for social justice was reflected throughout his life in his service to others and in his writings. In 2012, at UH-Hilo, he was awarded the Droste Award for Outstanding Work in Poetry. He was scheduled to graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Highest Honors, but tragically he died in an auto accident the month before. His parents, Mark and Rae Therrien of Laupahoehoe, Hawai‘i, were grateful to receive his degree posthumously and to have these pieces published.

Jean Yamasaki Toyama is Emerita Professor of French in the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She was born in Hawai‘i where she attended Theodore Roosevelt High School and the University of Hawai‘i. Her poetry and articles have appeared in The Journal of Beckett Studies, Michigan Quarterly Review, Comparative Literature Studies, and Exquisite Corpse. Her recent publications include a volume of short, short stories in The Piano Tuner’s Wife, poems and paintings with Russell Sunabe in Kelli’s Hanauma Friends, and a volume of renshi, No Choice but to Follow, written with Juliet S. Kono, Ann Inoshita, and Christy Passion.

Joe Tsujimoto: Retired from teaching in my birth month, pining for my youth. Oh, there he is, just down the block.

Julie Ushio lives in Honolulu with her husband and two children. Since arriving in Hawai‘i many years ago, she has been an avid reader and supporter of Bamboo Ridge and is honored to have her writing included in this issue.

Amy Uyematsu is a sansei poet and a former public high school math teacher. Her fourth book, The Yellow Door, will be published in 2015 by Red Hen Press.

John Vieira is the author of 16 books of poems and artist’s books. His work has appeared in various publications throughout the world, including previously in Bamboo Ridge, and in Storyboard: a Journal of Pacific Imagery, the literary magazine of the University of the South Pacific (Guam). He lived for several years on Kaua‘i, in the Kapa‘a area high up Kuamo‘o Road, and travels to Fiji every year and a half. He is trained and serves as an Adidam (Ruchira Buddhist) priest and is currently serving in the Washington, D.C. area where he also works in television news.

Sylvia Watanabe teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College. She is the author of Talking to the Dead and the co-editor of two volumes of Asian American short fiction, Home to Stay and Into the Fire. Her work, which is grounded in the landscape of Hawai‘i, has increasingly focused on the nuclear legacy of the Islands. “Naming Walk” is from a novel-in-stories about a bi-racial family living in Hawai‘i during the era of Pacific testing.

Waimea Williams: In 2004, her memoir Aloha, Kauai: A Childhood was released by Island Heritage and, in 2005, two poems published in Bamboo Ridge were broadcast during NPR Women’s Month. She has won national recognition for four short stories. In 2012, her novel Aloha, Mozart received a Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Po‘okela award and toured with Maui Celebrates Reading. Her nonfiction includes Aloha for the Heart and Soul from Island Heritage (2012), essays published in Crab Orchard Review in 2014, and work forthcoming in Hawai‘i Review. She lives in Kane‘ohe and is at work on a new novel.

From the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, May 20, 2015:

WAIMEA WILLIAMS Born Sally Ann Williams, April 4, 1943, died March 2, 2015. Raised on Kaua`i, graduated Kailua High School in 1961 and Whitman College in 1965. Waimea studied opera at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and performed with opera companies in Austria and Germany for 10 years. In the late 1990s, she returned to Hawai`i, working as a writer and editor. In 2004, her first book, "Aloha, Kauai" was published, followed by "Aloha, Mozart" in 2013. Waimea loved Hawaiian culture and studied Hawaiian language for many years. She worked for 18 years on the restoration of Kawainui Marsh, practicing malama `aina with `Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine. Waimea was a longtime member of Na Wa'a Lalani o Pu'u Kohola and a student of chant under Kumu John Keola Lake. She is survived by brothers Guinn Williams and Colin Williams and sister Lesley Williams Fong (Robert), niece Sarina Fong and nephews Myles Fong and Ian Williams. A Celebration of Life will be held on May 24 at He`eia State Park from 1 PM to 5 PM. For more information email: