Literary Life at HPU

Literary Life at HPU

Hawai`i Pacific Review is the online literary magazine of Hawai`i Pacific University. It features poetry and prose by authors from Hawai`i, the mainland, and around the world. HPR was started as a print annual in 1987. In 2013, it began to publish exclusively online. HPR publishes work on a rolling basis. Poems, stories, and essays are posted one piece at a time, several times a month.

The magazine also functions as a practicum course, in which HPU undergraduates can gain valuable editorial experience. Students may serve as Managing Editors (WRI 3953: 3 credits) or as Staff Members (WRI 3951: 1 credit). Both courses are offered in the fall and spring.

Submissions are accepted here.

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HPU’s student literary magazine features short stories, nonfiction essays, and poetry by undergraduates from all over the university. All selections are chosen and edited by students who enroll in WRI 3391—a course offered each fall term. In addition to giving students a venue for publishing their own creative work, the magazine gives students an opportunity to gain editorial experience.  

The course is taught by Tyler McMahon during the Fall Semester, with meeting days/times announced late in the prior spring semester.

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Please enjoy our ninth issue of Fresh Perspectives: HPU's Anthology of First-Year Writing. This volume, compiled from our Fall 2016 writing courses, features some of the outstanding essays written for Writing 1050, 1100 and 1200.

As with our first eigth volumes, we continue to be impressed with diversity of voices, topics, and perspectives reflected in this anthology. Later this year we will publish a volume from classes taught in Spring 2017. We are pleased that this anthology has become a regular and integral feature of HPU's First-Year Writing Program, something that both students and faculty look forward to reading and that students can be proud to share with their friends and families. Once again, we hope that our contributors have discovered the deep satisfaction that comes when writing is not just a task undertaken to please a teacher, but a way to reach larger audiences and have a meaningful impact.

The Ko`olau Writers Workshop offers instruction and advice to local writers of all levels. Held each spring, KWW features intensive workshop sessions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. A distinguished guest writer will give a keynote address and Q&A on the craft and practice of writing. Registration fee includes your choice of two workshop sessions (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon), as well as lunch, parking, and the keynote address.

The event is typically held on a Saturday in late spring, on the Hawai`i Loa Campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy Kaneohe, HI 96744. 

Sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific University. This program is supported in part by the Hawai`i Literary Arts Council through funding by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai`i and the National Endowment for the Arts.

More information and details on upcoming workshops at:

Past Keynote Speakers:

Each year we bring a compelling keynote speaker from the literary community who share their writing knowledge and experience with the attendees. Some of our notable past keynote speakers have included LOIS-ANN YAMANAKA, KRISTIANA KAHAUKAWILA, ERIC PAUL SHAFFER, TYLER MCMAHON, LEE TONOUCHI, LEE CATALUNA, CEDRIC YAMANAKA, CATHY SONG, DARRELL LUM, AND ROBERT SULLIVAN.

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry began in 2000 and was established by a generous contribution from Mr. James A. Vaughan, a former student of HPU faculty member Ms. Adele NeJame, who wished to support poetry at HPU and in the community at large. Adele NeJame, assistant professor and award winning poet, coordinates and judges the contest. Submissions are accepted September through December 30. Those submitting must have lived in Hawai'i for at least one year. Submissions are limited to three unpublished poems, up to 60 lines each. Hard copy only. No names should appear on poems, but provide a cover letter listing titles, contact information and a short, five-line biography. Mail to: James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry, 1188 Fort Street, MP 201-E, Honolulu, HI 96813

The winning poet receives $250, publication in Hawai'i Pacific Review, and an opportunity to give a celebratory reading at the Ko‘olau Writers Workshop during spring semester.


Constance Wright
Brandy McDougall
Dawn Fraser Kawahara
Michael Shapiro
Nalani Scharsh
Clint Frakes
Christy Passion
Susan Soong
Melanie Van der Tuin
Eric Paul Shaffer
Elsha Bohnert
Susan Lee St. John
Cassandra Aoki
John Simonds
Nicholas Becher