Join Mānoa journal at AWP in Kansas City, MO

Join Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Literature at the Association for Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair in Kansas City, MO from Feb. 7-10.


Stop by the Mānoa table located at #T3313 to talk story, peruse and purchase titles, and get a discount on subscriptions.


Rajiv Mohabir guest edits the next Mānoa volume, Karahee from the Cane Fields: Writing from the Coolie Diaspora. Join Rajiv on these two panels on Thursday, Feb. 8:

Speaking Mosaics: Hybrid Narratives & the Prism of Identity 

Panelists: Marissa Landrigan, Rajiv Mohabir, Monica Prince, Adriana Es Ramirez, Caitlyn Hunter

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Room 2504AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2 T129

Accustomed to wielding multiple perspectives, many BIPOC, queer, and neurodivergent writers are drawn to fragmented or hybrid forms: multimodal cross-genre mosaics of personal experience, and cultural, social, political, or natural history. Our panelists work across poetry, performance, nonfiction, and folklore, and will explore the craft and challenges of fragmented forms, offering inspiration and motivation to embrace hybridity as a way to claim space for historically marginalized communities.

Fragmented Inheritances: Lyric Essay and Intergenerational Trauma

Panelists: Joanna Penn Cooper, Kiki Petrosino, James Allen Hall, Rajiv Mohabir

10:35 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Room 2503AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2, T154

Lauded essayists discuss experiments with form, including fragmentary approaches to narrative, and how they leave space for both readers and writers to approach subject matter about difficult legacies. How does the use of fragments allow ways into incomplete or contested family and cultural narratives around war trauma; religious persecution; racial, sexual, and gender identity; and violence? How might fragmented narrative further the possibilities for sharing and transmuting difficult legacies?

Subscribe to Mānoa

A one-year subscription gets you copies of two new issues, Here was Once the Sea guest edited by Rina Garcia Chua, Esther Vincent Xueming, and Ann Ang and Karahee of the Cane Fields guest edited by Rajiv Mohabir.

A two-year subscription additionally includes two additional issues from series editor S. Shankar.

Subscribe to Mānoa here.

Explore Mānoa Journal

For the next three months, enjoy these two pieces from Here was Once the Sea freely available on Project MUSE.

Here was Once the Sea: An Anthology of Southeast Asian Ecowriting
Rina Garcia Chua, Esther Vincent Xueming, and Ann Ang

Finding Faults and Dragons
Alexandra Bichara