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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Fresh Perspectives is HPU's Anthology of First-Year Writing. Each edition of the journal features outstanding essays nominated by the teachers of students taking classes in HPU's First-Year Writing program, such as WRI 1050, WRI 1100, and WRI 1200. The nominated essays that wind up published are chosen and edited by student intern editors who enroll to get upper-division Writing credits focused on developing academic journal editing skills. The published essays include personal essays, evaluative reviews, hybrid forms that combine personal reflection with research, and, of course, traditional academic research papers, some of which are cited in APA style, others in MLA. Fresh Perspectives also regularly features artwork by HPU students.


The WRI 3930: Fresh Perspectives editing coursework is taught by Dr. David Falgout, who is also the Faculty Editor of the journal. All editions of the journal can be found here.

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. 

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, ROBERT SULLIVAN, AND D. NANDI ODHIAMBO.

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 former faculty member Ms. Adele NeJame, who wished to support poetry at HPU and in the community at large. After many years of funding an award for a Hawai'i poet who would give a reading at HPU, the endowment now sponsors a student poetry contest.


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