Stanton Wins James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry

Stanton Wins James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry

Honolulu, Hawaii — Joseph Stanton was named the recipient of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry, winning first prize for his poems “Hala” and “the Web of an Orb Weaver.” Stanton will receive a $250 cash award and his winning poems will be published in Hawaii Pacific Review, HPU's literary magazine.

HPU Assistant Professor of English and poetry contest judge Adele NeJame said Stanton’s poems are "accessible, weighty and rich with imagery. The contemplative tone of these poems is thoroughly engaging."

A professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Stanton is the author of several poetry books. His poems have been published in Poetry, Harvard Review, New Letters, Poetry East, Cortland Review, New York Quarterly, and other magazines. Stanton will also be invited to present his winning poems at HPU’s annual Ko‘olau Writers Workshop, scheduled April 9, at HPU’s Hawaii Loa Campus in Kaneohe.

The James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry is named after HPU alumnus James A. Vaughan, who established a fund to enhance the literature and poetry programs at the university. Since 2000, HPU has recognized a Hawaii-based writer for an outstanding poem or group of poems. The winner has the opportunity to be part of HPU events and readings, including the long-running Ko‘olau Writers Workshop.

This year, award-winning author Nora Okja Keller (Comfort Woman, Fox Girl) will be the keynote speaker at the workshop. The event offers instruction and advice to local writers of all levels. Held each spring, it features intensive workshop sessions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. For more information, see

This program has been supported in part by the Hawaii Literary Arts Council through funding by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the State Legislature and by the National Endowment for the Arts.